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Surprise: Dwarf Galaxy Harbors Supermassive Black Hole

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ABOVE: Composite image of the dwarf galaxy Henize 2-10. Hubble Space Telescope data is colored red, green and blue, Very Large Array data is yellow and the Chandra X-Ray Observatory data is purple.
BELOW: The same image, but with a cross marking the presumed location of the supermassive black hole in the galaxy.
CREDIT: Reines, et al., NRAO/AUI/NSF, NASA

ABOVE: The dwarf galaxy Henize 2-10, seen in visible light by the Hubble Space Telescope. The central, light-pink region shows an area of radio emission, seen with the Very Large Array. This area indicates the presence of a supermassive black hole drawing in material from its surroundings.

CREDIT: Reines, et al., David Nidever, NRAO/AUI/NSF, NASA

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