Wide-field view of the region of the sky hosting NGC 7727

This image from the Digitized Sky Survey (DSS) shows the region of the sky around NGC 7727, a galaxy located 89 million light-years away from Earth in the constellation Aquarius. The galaxy is the bright spot in the centre. 

NGC 7727 is home to the closest pair of supermassive black holes to Earth found to date. It is also the pair with the smallest separation between two supermassive black holes — observed to be just 1600 light-years apart in the sky.


ESO/Digitized Sky Survey 2. Acknowledgement: Davide De Martin

About the Image

Id: eso2117d
Type: Observation
Release date: 30 November 2021, 14:00
Related releases: eso2117
Size: 15663 x 15100 px

About the Object


Position (RA): 23 39 54.29
Position (Dec): -12&deg 17′ 11.73″
Field of view: 262.82 x 253.38 arcminutes
Orientation: North is 0.2° right of vertical

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