Universe  ID: 12539

Hubble Detects a Rogue Supermassive Black Hole

The Hubble Space Telescope captured an image of a quasar named 3C 186 that is offset from the center of its galaxy. Astronomers hypothesize that this supermassive black hole was jettisoned from the center of its galaxy by the recoil from gravitational waves produced by the merging of two supermassive black holes.

Read the press release here - https://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/2017/feature/gravitational-wave-kicks-monster-black-hole-out-of-galactic-core

Download the Hubble images here - http://hubblesite.org/news_release/news/2017-12

Read the science paper here - http://imgsrc.hubblesite.org/hvi/uploads/science_paper/file_attachment/231/3c186.pdf
 

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Producer:
Katrina Jackson (USRA)

Host:
Katrina Jackson (USRA)

Editor:
Katrina Jackson (USRA)

Videographer:
John Caldwell (AIMM)

Scientist:
Marco Chiaberge (STScI)

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NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center

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Mission:
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Keywords:
SVS >> Black Hole
SVS >> Quasar
SVS >> Hubble Space Telescope
SVS >> Astrophysics
SVS >> Gravitational Waves
NASA Science >> Universe
SVS >> Chandra
SVS >> Supermassive Black Hole
SVS >> Black Hole Merger