The 'eye' at the center of the galaxy  is actually a monstrous black hole surrounded by a ring of stars. The galaxy, called NGC 1097 and located 50 million light-years away, is spiral-shaped like our Milky Way, with long, spindly arms of stars.

The 'eye' at the center of the galaxy is actually a monstrous black hole surrounded by a ring of stars. The galaxy, called NGC 1097 and located 50 million light-years away, is spiral-shaped like our Milky Way, with long, spindly arms of stars.

Galaxy NGC 1097 (photo by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope)- the "eye" that seems to be at the center of the galaxy is actually a supermassive black hole surrounded by stars!

Galaxy NGC 1097 (photo by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope)- the "eye" that seems to be at the center of the galaxy is actually a supermassive black hole surrounded by stars!

Galaxy Arp 273: This is what some people call the Rose Galaxy. It's the aftermath of a galaxy collision; the black hole is slowly reforming the galaxy, twisting it into the shape of a rose.

Galaxy Arp 273: This is what some people call the Rose Galaxy. It's the aftermath of a galaxy collision; the black hole is slowly reforming the galaxy, twisting it into the shape of a rose.

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