NGC 1600

The elliptical galaxy NGC 1600, 200 million light-years away — shown in the centre of the image and highlighted in the box —, hosts in its centre one of the biggest supermassive black holes known . Until the discovery of this example, astronomers assumed that such huge black holes could only be found in the centres of massive galaxies at the centre of galaxy clusters. NGC 1600, however, is a rather isolated galaxy.

The image is a composition of a ground based view and observations made with the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope.


NASA, ESA, Digital Sky Survey 2

About the Image

Release date:6 April 2016, 19:00
Related releases:heic1607
Size:891 x 893 px

About the Object

Name:NGC 1600
Type:Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Elliptical
Distance:200 million light years

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