X-ray 'Echoes' Probe Habitat
of Monster Black Hole

  • Released Thursday, May 31st, 2012
  • Updated Wednesday, May 3rd, 2023 at 1:53PM
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Astronomers using data from the European Space Agency's XMM-Newton satellite have found a long-sought X-ray signal from NGC 4151, a galaxy that contains a supermassive black hole. The discovery promises a new way to unravel what's happening in the neighborhood of these powerful objects.

The galaxy NGC 4151 is located about 45 million light-years away toward the constellation Canes Venatici. Activity powered by its central black hole make it one of the brightest active galaxies in X-rays. Credit: David W. Hogg, Michael R. Blanton, and the Sloan Digital Sky Survey Collaboration

The galaxy NGC 4151 is located about 45 million light-years away toward the constellation Canes Venatici. Activity powered by its central black hole make it one of the brightest active galaxies in X-rays.

Credit: David W. Hogg, Michael R. Blanton, and the Sloan Digital Sky Survey Collaboration

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    Thursday, May 31, 2012 at 4:00AM
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