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MPEG Video Clip: Black Hole in the Center of NGC 4261 - Video Assests

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  • MPEG 1
  • File Size - 1MB
  • Length - 27 seconds
  • Format - MPEG 1
  • Resolution - 320 x 240 pixels



  • Title: Black Hole in the Center of NGC 4261
  • Description:
    The camera zooms into the core of the radio image and dissolves to the Hubble Space Telescope picture (visible) of a giant disk of dust and gas. The Hubble image crossfades to a computer animation of the dust disk. The camera zooms down to the white-hot accretion disk and the black hole at the center. This is an artist’s conception, not a view from the Hubble Space Telescope.
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  • Credits: Dana Berry, Space Telescope Science Institute


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