Friday, July 24, 2009
"A Look to the Heavens"
"NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has captured a galaxy located 50 million light-years away. Like the Milky Way Galaxy, it is spiral-shaped but the "eye" at the center of it is a gigantic black hole surrounded by a ring of stars.
The black hole, NASA says, is about 100 million times the mass of our sun. "The fate of this black hole and others like it is an active area of research," said George Helou, deputy director of NASA's Spitzer Science Center at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena. "Some theories hold that the black hole might quiet down and eventually enter a more dormant state like our Milky Way black hole." NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., manages the Spitzer Space Telescope."