A Black Hole in the Big Dipper?

An example of a likely black hole. This is a 1997 Hubble Space Telescope image of a suspected black hole at the center of galaxy NGC4261. Inside the white galactic core, there is a brown spiral-shaped disk. The dark object is about as large as our solar system, but weighs 1,200,000,000 times as much as our sun. That means the dark object's gravity is about one million times as strong as the sun. "Almost certainly this object is a black hole," reported Britain's Cambridge University. Photograph courtesy of Hubble Space Telescope.
An example of a likely black hole. This is a 1997 Hubble Space Telescope image of a suspected black hole at the center of galaxy NGC4261. Inside the white galactic core, there is a brown spiral-shaped disk. The dark object is about as large as our solar system, but weighs 1,200,000,000 times as much as our sun. That means the dark object's gravity is about one million times as strong as the sun. "Almost certainly this object is a black hole," reported Britain's Cambridge University. Photograph courtesy of Hubble Space Telescope.

April 24, 2000 MIT, Cambridge, Massachusetts ­ Ten years ago on April 24, 1990 the Hubble Space Telescope was launched with its imperfect mirror. Later astronauts repaired it. Since then, Hubble has provided some of the most astounding photographs of the universe over the past decade. And recently, Hubble and the Chandra X-Ray telescopes were focused on a spot in the Big Dipper about 6,000 light years from earth to help solve a mystery.

 

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