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Composite Image Of The Nearby Spiral Galaxy NGC 1068

Composite Image of NGC 1068Credit: X-ray (NASA/CXC/MIT/C.Canizares, D.Evans et al), Optical (NASA/STScI), Radio (NSF/NRAO/VLA)

Optical, Radio, X-ray and Composite Images of NGC 1068

These images show multiwavelength views of NGC 1068 which is located about 50 million light years from Earth and contains a supermassive black hole about twice as massive as the one in the middle of the Milky Way Galaxy. The spiral structure of NGC 1068 is shown in the optical data from the Hubble Space Telescope in green and the X-ray data from the Chandra X-ray Observatory in red. The radio data from the Very Large Array in blue shows the jet powered by the central supermassive black hole.