Dust-enshrouded supermassive black holes

Colour-composite images of the host galaxies of three of 30 newly found dust-enshrouded supermassive black holes. To the left images taken with the Advanced Camera for Surveys onboard the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. To the right these images are overlaid with images (in blue) from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory. Note that the actual black holes themselves are not visible in the images, however X-ray radiation can escape from a violently active region very close to the black hole.


ESA/NASA, the AVO project and Paolo Padovani

About the Image

Release date:28 May 2004, 09:00
Related releases:heic0409
Size:1122 x 1565 px

About the Object

Name:J033206.12-274927.8, J033224.54-274010.4, J034224.85-275600.0
Type:Early Universe : Star : Evolutionary Stage : Black Hole

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X-ray Chandra
Optical Hubble Space Telescope
Infrared Hubble Space Telescope

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