A supermassive black hole has been captured in a stunning new image surrounded by a group of “Spanish Dance” stars.
The magical image of galaxy NGC 1566 was taken by astronomers with the US Department of Energy-fabricated Dark Energy Camera at Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory.
NASA describes NGC 1566 — the Spanish Dancer galaxy — as an “island universe containing billions of stars” located approximately 70 million light-years away from Earth in the constellation Dorado.
NSF’s NOIRLab Communications, which released the impressive photograph, explains: “The center of NGC 1566 is dominated by a supermassive black hole.”
“The distinct and highly luminous nucleus of the galaxy is known as an active galactic nucleus.”
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SOURCE: New York Post; The Sun, Danielle Cinone