Hubble Space Telescope Snaps Incredible Image

This could be the greatest view of something you can't actually see. Remember, last week we talked a lot about black holes in space. And now, we can share a photo... Well, kind of.

You're looking at a massive black hole about 300 million light years from Earth.

Scientists took their sharpest pictures of it with the Hubble Space Telescope. This black hole is larger than a million suns combined. But it can't actually be seen because black holes pull light in with its gravity. Astronomers can still figure out their size by looking at the stars around them.

Instructional Links

Website Article: The Hubble Space Telescope, The Sleeping Giant

https://www.spacetelescope.org/news/heic1602/

Video: PBS LearningMedia, D4K: Astronomy, Hubble Space Telescope

http://ideastream.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/idptv11.sci.ess.eiu.d4khub/hubble-space-telescope/

Diagram: Science Online, Formation of a Black Hole

http://online.infobase.com/HRC/Search/ImageDetails/8?imageId=57486

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