Hubble and PGC 83677

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Oh my just look at this!

Hubble took this image of the lenticular galaxy PGC 83677 and it is just magnificent. We can see many other galaxies which are mere hazy spots at best in most of the images I’ve seen of the area.

The original caption:
A lone source shines out brightly from the dark expanse of deep space, glowing softly against a picturesque backdrop of distant stars and colorful galaxies.

Captured by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope’s Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS), this scene shows PGC 83677, a lenticular galaxy — a galaxy type that sits between the more familiar elliptical and spiral varieties.

It reveals both the relatively calm outskirts and intriguing core of PGC 83677. Here, studies have uncovered signs of a monstrous black hole that is spewing out high-energy X-rays and ultraviolet light.

Text credit: ESA – Image: NASA/ESA/Hubble; acknowledgements: Judy Schmidt (Geckzilla)

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