The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament shows His handiwork.
This interesting image, from the Whirlpool Galaxy (M51), does not represent God or a god, not something we bow down to or worship. It is "His" handywork!
Image: "X" Structure at Core of Whirlpool Galaxy (M51)
ABOUT THIS IMAGE:
This image of the core of the nearby spiral galaxy M51, taken with the Wide Field Planetary camera (in PC mode) on NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, shows a striking, dark "X" silhouetted across the galaxy's nucleus. The "X" is due to absorption by dust and marks the exact position of a black hole which may have a mass equivalent to one-million stars like the sun.
The darkest bar may be an edge-on dust ring which is 100 light-years in diameter. The edge-on to us not only hides the black hole and accretion disk from being viewed directly from earth, but also determines the axis of a jet of high-speed plasma and confines radiation from the accretion disk to a pair of oppositely directed cones of light, which ionize gas caught in their beam.
The second bar of the "X" could be a second disk seen edge on, or possibly rotating gas and dust in MS1 intersecting with the jets and ionization cones.
The size of the image is 1100 light-years.
Object Names: M51, Whirlpool Galaxy
Image Type: Astronomical
Credit: H. Ford (JHU/ STScI ), the Faint Object Spectrograph IDT, and NASA
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