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BLACK HOLE
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September 11, 1997 
A new image made by the Hubble Space Telescope of a suspected massive black hole shows an unusual warped... 
A new image made by the Hubble Space Telescope of a suspected massive black hole shows an unusual wa..... 
A new image made by the Hubble Space Telescope of a suspected massive black hole shows an unusual warped halo illuminated by a torrent of ultraviolet light, astronomers reported September 10. Shown is at right, a composite image of the core of the galaxy constructed by combining a visible light image taken with Hubble's Wide Field Planetary Camera 2 (WFPC2), with a separate image taken in ultraviolet light with the Faint Object Camera (FOC). Because Hubble sees ultraviolet light reflected from only one side of the disk, astronomers conclude the disk must be warped like the brim of a hat. The bright white spot at the image's center is light from the vicinity of the black hole which is illuminating the disk. Image at left is the ground-based telescopic view of the core of the elliptical galaxy NGC 6251. The inset box shows Hubble Space Telescope's field of view. The galaxy is 300 million light-years away in the constellation Ursa Minor. 
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