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10 incredible images of black holes

By: Katherine Butler on Feb. 21, 2011, 12:20 p.m.
spiral of stars with burst at center

Photo: NASA/JPL/Caltech

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Bursting with stars

This artist’s rendering shows a quasar, which is a supermassive black hole surrounded by spinning material. This quasar exists at the center of a galaxy. While quasars are the early stages of a black hole, they nonetheless may exist for billions of years. Still, it is thought that they were made in the ancient era of the universe. Any “new” quasars that are found are thought to merely have been hidden from our view.