Daily Archives: 10/19/2005

Cosmic Drainhole

Look at these incredible images taken by the European Southern Observatory in Chile. It is an extreme close up of the galaxy NGC 1097, which lies about 45 million light years away in the direction of Fornax. It is a barred spiral galaxy with an active galactic core. That means astronomers believe a massive black hole lies at the center of this galaxy, much like our own Milky Way.

This is the full image of the galaxy…

And here is the extreme close up of the galaxy’s central core.

Clean up the image a bit to highlight the very center of the active core, and look! It’s a cosmic drainhole!