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Supermassive black hole
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- Title Supermassive black hole
- Released 02/06/2009 11:07 am
- Copyright ESA (Image by C. Carreau)
Illustration of a supermassive black hole at the centre of a galaxy.
Using new data from ESA’s XMM-Newton spaceborne observatory, astronomers have probed closer than ever to a supermassive black hole lying deep at the core of a distant active galaxy. The black hole at the centre of the galaxy – known as 1H0707-495 – was thought to be partially obscured from view by intervening clouds of gas and dust, but the current observations have revealed the innermost depths of the galaxy.