Seyfert galaxy NGC 5495

(ORDO NEWS) — Before you is a spiral Seyfert galaxy NGC 5495, located at a distance of about 300 million light years from Earth, which is endowed with a particularly bright central region.

A Seyfert galaxy is a galaxy with an extremely active core, which is represented by a “gluttonous” supermassive black hole, accelerating approaching gas and dust clouds to gigantic speeds (several thousand kilometers per second).

It is noteworthy that some of the gas, heated to millions of degrees Celsius, still manages to “escape” from the black hole; this hot stream collides with cold clouds of gas, transfers energy to them and starts star formation.

It turns out that active black holes are one of the reasons for the birth of stars.

Pay attention to several stars in the frame, from which four spikes seem to emanate. These stars are part of the Milky Way, located between Earth and NGC 5495, and the spikes are optical artifacts.

The image was taken by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope and released on September 26, 2022.


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