Artist’s impression of the web of the supermassive black hole

With the help of ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT), astronomers have found six galaxies lying around a supermassive black hole, the first time such a close grouping has been seen within the first billion years of the Universe. This artist’s impression shows the central black hole and the galaxies trapped in its gas web. The black hole, which together with the disc around it is known as quasar SDSS J103027.09+052455.0, shines brightly as it engulfs matter around it.

Credit:

ESO/L. Calçada

About the Image

Id:eso2016a
Type:Artwork
Release date:1 October 2020, 09:00
Related releases:eso2016
Size:5000 x 3000 px

About the Object

Name:SDSS J103027.09+052455.0
Type:Early Universe : Galaxy : Component : Central Black Hole
Category:Galaxies
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Quasars and Black Holes

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