RXJ1242-11

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RX J1242-11
Rxj1242 xray.jpg A Chandra X-ray Observatory image of RX J1242-11.
Observation data (J2000 epoch)
Constellation Virgo
Right ascension 12h 42m 36.9s
Declination -11° 19´ 35´´
Distance 650 Mly (200 Mpc)[1]
Type spiral
Notable features Pair of Galaxies = [KG99] A + [KG99] B.
Other designations
RX J1242.6-1119
See also: Galaxy, List of galaxies

RXJ1242-11 is an elliptical galaxy located approximately 200 megaparsecs (about 650 million light-years) from Earth. According to current interpretations of X-ray observations made by the Chandra X-ray Observatory and XMM-Newton, the centre of this galaxy is a 100 million solar mass supermassive black hole which was observed to have tidally disrupted a star.[1] The discovery is widely considered to be the first strong evidence of a supermassive black hole ripping apart a star and consuming a portion of it.[2]

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