Photo of a Black Hole in the Center of a Galaxy #18725


#18725 Photo of a Black Hole in the Center of a Galaxy by JVPD
Royalty-free astronomy stock photo of a supermassive black hole at the center of a galaxy. NASA’s Galaxy Evolution Explorer found evidence that black holes stifle the formation of new stars in elliptical galaxies once they grow to a critical size. Black holes are thought to do this by heating up and blasting away the gas that fuels star formation.

The blue color here represents radiation pouring out from material very close to the black hole. The grayish structure surrounding the black hole, called a torus, is made up of gas and dust. Beyond the torus, only the old red-colored stars that make up the galaxy can be seen. There are no new stars in the galaxy.

Photo Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech [0003-0710-2308-3356] by 0003

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