In the constellation Virgo
Roughly 1 billion times the mass of the Sun
Diameter roughly equal to the size of our solar system
This Hubble Space Telescope image is the best picture to date of 3C 273. A jet of gas (streak at top left) expelled from the accretion disk around the black hole is about 200,000 light-years long. [NASA/ESA]
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