Black Hole Caught Red-handed in a Stellar Homicide

Chandra_509_1024

chandra_509 May 3rd, 2012

Credit: NASA, S. Gezari (The Johns Hopkins University), and J. Guillochon (University of California, Santa Cruz)

This computer-simulated image shows gas from a star that is ripped apart by tidal forces as it falls into a black hole. Some of the gas also is being ejected at high speeds into space. Observations from multiple telescopes, including NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory, were used to determine the most direct evidence yet of a star being ripped apart by a supermassive black hole. Chandra's X-ray data were critical is ruling out the other contending possibility that this galaxy instead contained a so-called active galactic nucleus.

Image Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2012/ps1/

Curator: Chandra X-ray Observatory, Cambridge, MA, USA

Image Use Policy: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/image_use.html

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Image Details

Image Type
Artwork
Object Name
PS1-10jh
Subject - Local Universe
Galaxy > Component > Central Black Hole

Distance

Universescale3
2,700,000,000 light years

Position Details

Position (ICRS)
RA = 16h 9m 28.0s
DEC = 53° 40’ 23.9”
Constellation
Draco
Chandra_509_1280
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ID
509
Subject Category
C.5.4.6  
Subject Name
PS1-10jh
Credits
NASA, S. Gezari (The Johns Hopkins University), and J. Guillochon (University of California, Santa Cruz)
Release Date
2012-05-03
Lightyears
2,700,000,000
Redshift
2,700,000,000
Reference Url
http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2012/ps1/
Type
Artwork
Image Quality
Good
Distance Notes
Facility
Instrument
Color Assignment
Band
Bandpass
Central Wavelength
Start Time
Integration Time
Dataset ID
Notes
Coordinate Frame
ICRS
Equinox
J2000
Reference Value
242.3667, 53.6733
Reference Dimension
Reference Pixel
Scale
Rotation
Coordinate System Projection:
Quality
Position
FITS Header
Notes
Creator (Curator)
Chandra X-ray Observatory
URL
http://chandra.harvard.edu
Name
Chandra X-ray Observatory Center
Email
cxcpub@cfa.harvard.edu
Telephone
617.496.7941
Address
60 Garden St.
City
Cambridge
State/Province
MA
Postal Code
02138
Country
USA
Rights
http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/image_use.html
Publisher
Chandra X-ray Observatory Center
Publisher ID
chandra
Resource ID
ps1.tif
Resource URL
http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2012/ps1/ps1.tif
Related Resources
Metadata Date
2013-09-05T16:08:01-04:00
Metadata Version
1.2
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Universescalefull
2,700,000,000 light years