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Fireworks Near Galaxy NGC 4151 (STIS Optical)

Fireworks Near Galaxy NGC 4151 (STIS Optical)

Depicts: NGC 4151, IRAS 12080+3941
Copyright: John Hutchings (Dominion Astrophysical Observatory), Bruce Woodgate (GSFC/NASA), Mary Beth Kaiser (Johns Hopkins University), Steven Kraemer(Catholic University of America), and the STIS Team

In this false color image the two emission lines of oxygen gas (the weaker one at 4959 Angstroms and the stronger one at 5007 Angstroms) are clearly visible. The horizontal line passing through the image is from the light generated by the powerful black hole at the center of NGC 4151.
Last Update: 1 September 2019
8-Dec-2023 12:28 UT

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