Image of the Day: The Mystical Beauty of a Starburst Supermassive Black Hole


The center of the starburst rings in this active galaxy is what astronomers refer to as a Seyfert nucleus. That means a supermassive black hole probably is swallowing the surrounding gas and dust. The Circinus Dwarf Galaxy is 13 million lightyears away from Earth, partly hidden from view by intervening dust of our own Milky Way galaxy. It went unnoticed until 1977.

Image credit: NASA/AURA/STSCI


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