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NuSTAR View of Galaxy NGC 1068

NASA/JPL-Caltech/Roma Tre Univ.2015-12-17

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Galaxy NGC 1068 is shown in visible light and X-rays in this composite image. High-energy X-rays (magenta) captured by NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR, are overlaid on visible-light images from both NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and the Sloan Digital Sky Survey. The X-ray light is coming from an active supermassive black hole, also known as a quasar, in the center of the galaxy. This supermassive black hole has been extensively studied due to its relatively close proximity to our galaxy. NGC 1068 is about 47 million light-years away in the constellation Cetus.

The supermassive black hole is also one of the most obscured known, blanketed by thick clouds of gas and dust. NuSTAR's high-energy X-ray view is the first to penetrate the walls of this black hole's hidden lair.

http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA20057

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  • Title: NuSTAR View of Galaxy NGC 1068
  • Creator: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Roma Tre Univ.
  • Date Created: 2015-12-17
  • Rights: JPL
  • Album: kboggs

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