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.

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Auðkenni:eso2117b
Tegund:Athuganir
Útgáfudagur:Nóv 30, 2021, 14:00 CET
Tengdar fréttatilkynningar:eso2117
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Nafn:NGC 7727
Tegund:Local Universe : Star : Evolutionary Stage : Black Hole
Fjarlægð:90 milljón ljósár
Constellation:Aquarius
Flokkur:Quasars and Black Holes

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Position (RA):23 39 53.76
Position (Dec):-12° 17' 32.53"
Field of view:0.14 x 0.13 arcminutes
Stefna:Norður er 2.5° højre frá lóðréttu

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