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Black Holes Encyclopedia

NGC 2787

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Stats

Type

Supermassive

Location

in the constellation Ursa Major

Finder Chart

Distance

24 million light-years (7.5 megaparsecs)

Mass

36 million to 45 million times the mass of the Sun

Size

Diameter roughly equal to the size of Earth's orbit around the Sun

Discovery Methods

Description

NGC 2787

NGC 2787 is classified as a lenticular galaxy, which means it is shaped something like a lens. Images from Hubble Space Telescope show some spiral structure in filaments of dark gas near the galaxy's core.

Measurements of the speed of gas quite near the center of the galaxy show that it is accelerated to high speed, probably by a supermassive black hole. Astronomers used Hubble to take picture of the galaxy in part to help them study its black hole, which will help them learn more about the relationship between supermassive black holes and their parent galaxies.

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This document was last modified: November 19, 2009.

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NGC 2787
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