NASA/ESA’s Hubble Space Telescope has captured a beautiful spiral galaxy NGC 7172, where you can see the tendrils of dark dust sweeping through its heart, and for good reason. Located about 110 million light-years from Earth in the constellation Piscis Austrinus, the dust lane that weaves its way through NGC 7172 and obscures the galaxy’s luminous heart is actually an active black hole. Read More
Astronomers realized this when they closely inspected NGC 7172 across the electromagnetic spectrum. How so? They found that NGC 7172 is actually a Seyfert galaxy, or a type of galaxy with an intensely luminous active galactic core powered by matter accreting on a supermassive black hole. Now we wouldn’t be surprised to see this galaxy in a sequel to an “Interstellar” movie, if there ever is one.
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This image combines data from two sets of Hubble observations, both proposed to study nearby active galactic cores. The image also combines data from two instruments: Hubble’s Advanced Camera for Surveys and Wide Field Camera 3,” according to NASA.