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Hubble Zooms in on Double Nucleus in Andromeda Galaxy

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A new Hubble Space Telescope image centers on the 100-million-solar-mass black hole at the hub of the neighboring spiral galaxy M31, or the Andromeda galaxy, the only galaxy outside the Milky Way visible to the naked eye and the only other giant galaxy in the local group

This is a Hubble image of the 100-million-solar-mass black hole at the hub of the neighboring spiral galaxy M31, or the Andromeda galaxy. The compact cluster of blue stars is surrounded by the larger “double nucleus” of M31. The double nucleus is actually an elliptical ring of old reddish stars in orbit around the black hole but more distant than the blue stars. Credit: NASA, ESA, and T. Lauer (National Optical Astronomy Observatory)

This is the sharpest visible-light image ever made of the nucleus of an external galaxy…
Read more:www.nasa.gov

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January 12, 2012 at 7:52 am