Science and Exploration

Chandra X-ray Image Of NGC 4258

By Keith Cowing
Press Release
April 25, 2022
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Chandra X-ray Image Of NGC 4258
NGC 4258

NGC 4258 is a spiral galaxy about 25 million light years from Earth, also known as M106.
The Chandra image of NGC 4258 reveals the so-called anomalous arms. These mysterious structures are due to shock waves generated by the supermassive black hole in the nucleus of the galaxy.

Image credit: NASA/CXC/Univ. of Maryland/A.S. Wilson et al. larger image

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