in the constellation Virgo
500 million to 1.2 billion times the mass of the Sun
Diameter range from the size of Saturn's orbit around the Sun to the size of Neptune's orbit
A disk of dark dust encircles the possible supermassive black hole at the center of NGC 4261 in this 1992 view from Hubble Space Telescope. The disk, at the center of the image, spans about 800 light-years. [NASA/ Walter Jaffe (Leiden Observatory)/Holland Ford/JHU/STScI]
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