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Hubble Finds Star cluster that surrounds wayward black hole in cannibal galaxy

17 Feb 2012, 20:00 UTC
Hubble Finds Star cluster that surrounds wayward black hole in cannibal galaxy
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This spectacular edge-on galaxy, called ESO 243-49, is home to an intermediate-mass black hole that may have been purloined from a cannibalised dwarf galaxy. The black hole, with an estimated mass of 50 million Suns, lies above the galactic plane. This is an unlikely place for such a massive back hole to exist, unless it [...]

NASA, ESA, and S. Farrell (University of Sydney, Australia and University of Leicester, UK)

This spectacular edge-on galaxy, called ESO 243-49, is home to an intermediate-mass black hole that may have been purloined from a cannibalised dwarf galaxy. The black hole, with an estimated mass of 50 million Suns, lies above the galactic plane. This is an unlikely place for such a massive back hole to exist, unless it belonged to a small galaxy that was gravitationally torn apart by ESO 243-49.

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