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A Black Hole 4.5 billion times BIGGER than our Sun? This is what NASA Hubble Space Telescope just found

A galaxy called M60 has a huge black hole at its center and that's about 4.5 billion times as massive as our Sun. Know what NASA says.

By: HT TECH
| Updated on: Aug 27 2022, 16:19 IST
NASA reveals stunning Jupiter images captured by James Webb Space Telescope
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1/6 Amazingly, currently, on Jupiter, there are auroras, storms, extreme temperatures and powerful winds stirring things up, according to NASA. The images captured by the James Webb Space Telescope could give scientists a look at the conditions of the gas giant. (NASA)
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2/6 Planetary astronomer Imke de Pater, professor emerita of the University of California, Berkeley said, “We hadn’t really expected it to be this good, to be honest. It’s really remarkable that we can see details on Jupiter together with its rings, tiny satellites, and even galaxies in one image.” (NASA)
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3/6 The images were captured by the telescope's Near Infrared Camera (NIRCam) instrument on July 27, which highlighted the planet's unique features. According to NASA, the NIRCam has three specialized infrared filters that showcase details of the planet. (AFP)
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4/6 The image was created by compositing several images. Auroras are visible near the Northern and Southern poles of the planet. According to NASA, the auroras shine in a filter that is mapped to redder colors, which also highlights light reflected from lower clouds and upper hazes. (NASA)
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5/6 The Great Red Spot as well as other clouds can be visible in the images as white since it is reflecting the sunlight. The Great Red Spot is a giant vortex which has been swirling around on Jupiter’s surface for a long time. Jupiter’s 2 moons, Amalthea and Adrastea can also be seen “photo-bombing” the planet. (REUTERS)
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6/6 Thierry Fouchet, a professor at the Paris Observatory, as part of an international collaboration for Webb’s Early Release Science program said, “This one image sums up the science of our Jupiter system program, which studies the dynamics and chemistry of Jupiter itself, its rings, and its satellite system.” (NASA/AFP)
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Here is all you need to know about galaxy M60 that has a huge huge black hole at its center. (NASA, ESA and the Hubble Heritage)

Scientists and researchers have been trying to find more information regarding the terrifying black holes that seem to be all around in space destroying planets and stars at will. It can be known that a black hole is an astronomical object with a gravitational pull so strong that nothing, not even light, can escape it. It is a place of eternal pitch black darkness. So, what if we tell you that there is a galaxy which has a black hole that is so much bigger than our Sun? NASA Hubble Space Telescope has captured an image showing the galaxy called M60. The galaxy has a diameter of 1,20,000 light years and at its center lies a huge black hole that's about 4.5 billion times as massive as our Sun.

Informing about the same, NASA Hubble Space Telescope tweeted, "The diffuse, glowing elliptical galaxy seen front and center is the star of this #HubbleClassic! Called M60, the galaxy has a diameter of 120,000 light-years. At its center lies a huge black hole that's about 4.5 billion times as massive as our Sun."

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Giving further insights about the galaxy, NASA said in a report, "The Virgo cluster is a collection of more than 1,300 galaxies, including the elliptical galaxy M60. Unlike spiral galaxies, elliptical galaxies lack an organized structure and are nearly featureless, resembling the core of a spiral galaxy. The Virgo cluster's third brightest member, M60 has a diameter of 120,000 light-years and is as massive as one trillion suns. At its center lies a huge black hole, 4.5 billion times as massive as the sun — one of the most massive black holes ever found."

In the image shared by the Hubble Space Telescope, the galaxy M60 (the large, diffuse galaxy at the center) can be seen along with the bluish spiral galaxy NGC 4647 (upper right). NGC 4647 is about two-thirds the size of M60 — or roughly the size of the Milky Way galaxy — and is much less massive. The two galaxies form a pair known as Arp 116.

According to NASA, astronomers have long tried to determine whether these two galaxies are actually interacting. Although from Earth they appear to overlap, there is no evidence of new star formation, which would be one of the clearest signs that the two galaxies are indeed interacting. However, recent studies of very detailed Hubble images suggest the onset of some tidal interaction between the two.

"Discovered by the German astronomer Johann Gottfried Keohler in 1779, M60 is located in the constellation Virgo roughly 54 million light-years from Earth. It has an apparent magnitude of 9.8, and its central region can be seen through a small telescope most easily during May. A larger telescope can reveal NGC 4647 as well," NASA added.

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First Published Date: 27 Aug, 16:19 IST
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