Astronomers at NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory and ESA’s XMM-Newton X-ray observatory spotted what could be a wandering black hole, kicked out of the center of its parent galaxy when a small galaxy collided with a larger one. In their study, they gave it the charming name XJ1417+52.
By Samantha Cole | MOTHERBOARD
In the image above, we see the wide-field view from the Hubble Space Telescope. The left inset shows a close-up view of the larger galaxy, which gobbled up the smaller galaxy, XJ’s own Alderaan. On the right is Chandra’s X-ray image of XJ, in purple.