The Sculptor Galaxy

The Sculptor galaxy composite image. Click for larger. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/JHU

The Sculptor galaxy composite image. Click for larger. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/JHU

Another great colloboration for astronomical research, this between the ESO, Chandra and NuSTAR. The Sculptor is a great target for such things AND it is a great backyard target too.

Get the details on The Sculptor / NGC 253 from SEDS.

The press release from JPL (click to get larger versions of the image)

The Sculptor galaxy is seen in a new light, in this composite image from NASA’s Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) and the European Southern Observatory in Chile. Visible data from the European Space Observatory show the backbone of the galaxy made up of stars, while NuSTAR data, which appear as colored blobs, show high-energy X-rays. The NuSTAR observations are the sharpest ever taken of this galaxy in high-energy X-rays.

The findings, when combined with those from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory, suggest that the supermassive black hole at the center of the Sculptor galaxy, also known as NGC 253, has dozed off, or gone inactive, sometime in the past decade. Future observations from both telescopes should help address this mystery.

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