Sizes of Black Holes in Galaxy OJ 287 Relative to the Solar System

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spitzer_ssc2020-11b April 29th, 2020

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

Two supermassive black holes are locked in an orbital dance at the core of the distant galaxy OJ 287. This diagram shows their sizes relative to the solar system. The larger one, with about 18 billion times the mass of our sun (right), would encompass all the planets in the solar system with room to spare. The smaller one is about 150 million times the mass of our sun (left), which would be large enough to swallow up everything out to the asteroid belt, just inside the orbit of Jupiter.

Provider: Spitzer Space Telescope

Image Source: http://www.spitzer.caltech.edu/images/6796-ssc2020-11b-Sizes-of-Black-Holes-in-Galaxy-OJ-287-Relative-to-the-Solar-System

Curator: Spitzer Space Telescope, Pasadena, CA, USA

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Image Details

Image Type
Chart
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
ssc2020-11b
Subject Category
C.3.1.10   C.5.3.2  
Subject Name
OJ 287
Credits
NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt (IPAC)
Release Date
2020-04-29
Lightyears
4,400,000,000
Redshift
0.30560
Reference Url
http://www.spitzer.caltech.edu/images/6796-ssc2020-11b-Sizes-of-Black-Holes-in-Galaxy-OJ-287-Relative-to-the-Solar-System
Type
Chart
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
ssc2020-11b.tif
Metadata Date
2020-04-28
Metadata Version
1.2
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4,400,000,000 light years