Hubble Telescope Snaps Supermassive Black Hole With Active Galactic Nucleus

New Delhi, News Nation Bureau | Updated : 31 December 2019, 08:38 AM
Hubble Telescope Snaps Supermassive Black Hole Named ESO 021-G004 With Active Galactic Nucleus
Hubble Telescope Snaps Supermassive Black Hole Named ESO 021-G004 With Active Galactic Nucleus (Photo Credit : ESA/Hubble & NASA, D. Rosario et al )

Hubble Space Telescope, which belongs to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the European Space Agency (ESA), has shot a picture of a supermassive black hole that has something known as an active galactic nucleus. It is to be noted that the image was gathered by the Wide Field Camera 3 aboard the Hubble Space Telescope.

NASA said that this swirling mass of celestial gas, dust, and stars is a moderately luminous spiral galaxy named ESO 021-G004, located just under 130 million light-years (764,221,300,000,000,000,000 miles) away.

“This galaxy has something known as an active galactic nucleus. While this phrase sounds complex, this simply means that astronomers measure a lot of radiation at all wavelengths coming from the center of the galaxy. This radiation is generated by material falling inward into the very central region of ESO 021-G004, and meeting the behemoth lurking there — a supermassive black hole.” NASA said in a statement.

The US space agency said, “As material falls toward this black hole it is dragged into orbit as part of an accretion disk; it becomes superheated as it swirls around and around, emitting characteristic high-energy radiation until it is eventually devoured.”

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First Published: Tuesday, December 31, 2019 08:33 AM
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