View Full Version : Matter Swirling into a Supermassive Black Hole

2005-Oct-17, 04:46 PM
SUMMARY: Near-infrared images of galaxy NGC 1097 show incredible detail of the filamentary structure of matter swirling down to the supermassive black hole lurking at its centre. NGC 1097 is located about 45 million light-years away in the southern constellation Fornax. Astronomers used a special instrument on the European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope which masks the light from stars in the galaxy, revealing fainter material. The way this material winds as it nears the centre of the galaxy indicates the mass of the supermassive black hole.

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2005-Oct-17, 06:22 PM
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