A rare and exotic intermediate-mass black hole (artist’s impression)

This is an animation of a rare and exotic intermediate-mass black hole at the centre of a star cluster, similar to the one thought to be at the centre of globular cluster Messier 15. Studying these unusual black holes could tell us about how such objects grow and evolve within both star clusters and galaxies.


NASA, ESA, and M. Kornmesser

About the Video

Release date:14 November 2013, 16:00
Related releases:heic2005, heic1321
Related announcements:ann1311
Duration:28 s
Frame rate:30 fps

About the Object

Type:Milky Way : Star : Evolutionary Stage : Black Hole
Category:Quasars and Black Holes



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