Close-up view of the nearest pair of supermassive black holes
Close-up view of the two bright galactic nuclei, each housing a supermassive black hole, in NGC 7727, a galaxy located 89 million light-years away from Earth in the constellation Aquarius. Each nucleus consists of a dense group of stars with a supermassive black hole at its centre. The two black holes are on a collision course and form the closest pair of supermassive black holes found to date. It is also the pair with the smallest separation between two supermassive black holes — observed just 1600 light-years apart in the sky.
The image was taken with the MUSE instrument on ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) at the Paranal Observatory in Chile.
About the Image
|Release date:||30 November 2021, 14:00|
|Size:||929 x 924 px|
About the Object
|Position (RA):||23 39 53.76|
|Position (Dec):||-12° 17′ 32.53″|
|Field of view:||0.14 x 0.13 arcminutes|
|Orientation:||North is 2.5° right of vertical|
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