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Dusty filaments in NGC 4696

Dusty filaments in NGC 4696


Date: 30 November 2016
Satellite: Hubble Space Telescope
Depicts: NGC 4696
Copyright: NASA, ESA/Hubble, A. Fabian

This picture, taken by Hubble's Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC3), shows NGC 4696, the largest galaxy in the Centaurus Cluster.

The new images taken with Hubble show the dusty filaments surrounding the centre of this huge galaxy in greater detail than ever before. These filaments loop and curl inwards in an intriguing spiral shape, swirling around the supermassive black hole at such a distance that they are dragged into and eventually consumed by the black hole itself.

Last Update: 1 September 2019
6-Dec-2021 12:04 UT

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