Hubble has photographed a galaxy with 200 billion stars

NASA Hubble Telescope

In the first image (below), the Messier 49 galaxy is visible - an elliptical galaxy in the constellation Virgo, discovered back in 1771 by the French astronomer Charles Messier. It contains about 200 billion stars, most of which are approximately six billion years old. In the center of Messier 49 is a supermassive black hole with a mass exceeding the mass of the Sun by approximately 500 million times. This galaxy is located 56 million light-years from us.

ESA / Hubble & NASA, J. Blakenslee, P. Cote et al. Hubble Galaxy Messier 49

The second image shows the globular cluster Messier 28, also discovered by Messier in 1764. This cluster is much closer to us - at a distance of only about 18 thousand light years.

ESA / Hubble & NASA, JE Grindlay et al. Hubble spotted Messier 28 globular cluster


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