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Hubble Space telescope image showing a gas disk in the nucleus of Galaxy M87. A NASA Hubble Space Telescope image of a spiral-shaped disk of hot gas in the core of active galaxy M87. HST measurements show the disk is rotating so rapidly it contains a massive black hole at its hub. A black hole is an object that is so massive yet compact nothing can escape its gravitational pull, not even light. The object at the center of M87 fits that description. It weights as much as three billion suns, but is concentrated into a space no larger than our solar system.

Hubble Space telescope image showing a gas disk in the nucleus of Galaxy M87. A NASA Hubble Space Telescope image of a spiral-shaped disk of hot gas in the core of active galaxy M87. HST measurements show the disk is rotating so rapidly it contains a massive black hole at its hub. A black hole is an object that is so massive yet compact nothing can escape its gravitational pull, not even light. The object at the center of M87 fits that description. It weights as much as three billion suns, but is concentrated into a space no larger than our solar system. Stock Photo
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World History Archive / Alamy Stock Photo

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RJGEHF

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60 MB (1.5 MB Compressed download)

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5344 x 3924 px | 45.2 x 33.2 cm | 17.8 x 13.1 inches | 300dpi

Date taken:

July 5, 2018

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