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Active galaxy NGC 1275, gamma ray image

Active galaxy NGC 1275, gamma ray image


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Active galaxy NGC 1275, gamma ray image

Active galaxy NGC 1275, Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope image. Brighter colours indicate higher numbers of gamma rays. The rays are thought to emanate from a central black hole. NGC 1275 is located in the constellation Perseus, around 230 million light years from Earth

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This print showcases the active galaxy NGC 1275, as captured by the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope. The image reveals a mesmerizing display of vibrant colors, with brighter hues indicating higher numbers of gamma rays. These powerful rays are believed to originate from a central black hole within NGC 1275. Located in the constellation Perseus, approximately 230 million light years away from Earth, this galactic wonder never fails to astound astronomers and enthusiasts alike. Its distant presence serves as a reminder of the vastness and complexity of our universe. The intricate details captured by this satellite-based telescope offer invaluable insights into the field of astrophysics. Scientists study these gamma ray emissions to deepen their understanding of black holes and their influence on surrounding galaxies. NGC 1275 is classified as an active galaxy or AGN (Active Galactic Nucleus), specifically known as a Seyfert galaxy. This classification signifies its heightened activity levels compared to other galaxies in our cosmos. As we gaze upon this extraordinary photograph, we are reminded that there is still so much left to explore and discover beyond our own planet's boundaries. It ignites curiosity about what lies hidden within the depths of space, urging us to continue unraveling its mysteries through scientific exploration and research.

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