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Elliptical galaxy NGC 4261

Elliptical galaxy NGC 4261

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Caption

Elliptical galaxy NGC 4261. This giant elliptical galaxy (centre) lies in the constellation Virgo. It has a supermassive black hole, which is at least a half-billion times as massive as the Sun, at its centre. Surrounding the black hole is a disc of cold dark dust approximately 800 light years in width. This optical image was obtained as part of the Digitized Sky Survey.

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