M51 whirlpool galaxy black hole



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Description The nucleus of the Whirlpool Galaxy (M51). The location of the black hole at the center of the galaxy. The cross was first interpreted as two dust rings circling the nucleus. It was later determined to simply be foreground dust lanes silhouetted by the active nucleus. Bright ionization cones can be seen extending perpendicular to the largest dust feature.
Date 8 June 1992(1992-06-08)
Source http://hubblesite.org/newscenter/newsdesk/archive/releases/1992/17/image/a
Author Stephen Conatser
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The nucleus of the Whirlpool Galaxy (M51). The Cross marks the location of the black hole at the center of the galaxy. The Cross is formed by two dust rings. Bright ionization cones can be seen extending perpendicular to the largest dust ring.

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