Hidden Supermassive AGN Among the Brightest and Most Enigmatic Objects in the Universe 

Galaxy Messier 77 AGN

 

The European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope Interferometer (ESO’s VLTI) on the Paranal Mountain in the Atacama Desert of northern Chile has observed a cloud of cosmic dust at the center of the galaxy Messier 77 that is hiding a supermassive black hole. The findings have confirmed predictions made around 30 years ago and are giving astronomers new insight into “active galactic nuclei (AGN)” –some of the brightest and most enigmatic objects in the universe.

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