Black Hole Disk Flare in Galaxy OJ 287

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spitzer_ssc2020-11a April 28th, 2020

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt (IPAC)

This artwork shows two massive black holes in the OJ 287 galaxy. The smaller black hole orbits the larger one, which remains stationary and is surrounded by a disk of gas. When the smaller black hole crashes through the disk, it produces a flare brighter than 1 trillion stars. But the smaller black hole's orbit is elongated and moving relative to the disk, causing the flares to occur irregularly.

Provider: Spitzer Space Telescope

Image Source: http://www.spitzer.caltech.edu/images/6792-ssc2020-11a-Black-Hole-Disk-Flare-in-Galaxy-OJ-287

Curator: Spitzer Space Telescope, Pasadena, CA, USA

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Image Details

Image Type
Artwork
Object Name
OJ 287
Subject - Local Universe
Star > Evolutionary Stage > Black Hole
Galaxy > Activity > AGN

Distance

Universescale3
4,400,000,000 light years
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ID
ssc2020-11a
Subject Category
C.3.1.10   C.5.3.2  
Subject Name
OJ 287
Credits
NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt (IPAC)
Release Date
2020-04-28
Lightyears
4,400,000,000
Redshift
0.30560
Reference Url
http://www.spitzer.caltech.edu/images/6792-ssc2020-11a-Black-Hole-Disk-Flare-in-Galaxy-OJ-287
Type
Artwork
Image Quality
Good
Distance Notes
Facility
Instrument
Color Assignment
Band
Bandpass
Central Wavelength
Start Time
Integration Time
Dataset ID
Notes
Coordinate Frame
Equinox
Reference Value
Reference Dimension
Reference Pixel
Scale
Rotation
Coordinate System Projection:
Quality
FITS Header
Notes
Creator (Curator)
Spitzer Space Telescope
URL
http://www.spitzer.caltech.edu
Name
Email
Telephone
Address
1200 E. California Blvd.
City
Pasadena
State/Province
CA
Postal Code
91125
Country
USA
Rights
Publisher
Spitzer Science Center
Publisher ID
spitzer
Resource ID
ssc2020-11a.tif
Metadata Date
2020-04-28
Metadata Version
1.2
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4,400,000,000 light years