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The elegant beauty of this planetary nebula was discovered by an amateur astronomer and captured by the Gemini Observatory.

The elegant beauty of this planetary nebula was discovered by an amateur astronomer and captured by the Gemini Observatory.

Astronomers have uncovered a near-record breaking supermassive black hole, weighing 17 billion suns, in an unlikely place: in the center of a galaxy in a sparsely populated area of the universe. The observations, made by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and the Gemini Telescope in Hawaii, may indicate that these monster objects may be more common than once thought.

Astronomers have uncovered a near-record breaking supermassive black hole, weighing 17 billion suns, in an unlikely place: in the center of a galaxy in a sparsely populated area of the universe. The observations, made by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and the Gemini Telescope in Hawaii, may indicate that these monster objects may be more common than once thought.

We’ll find alien life in the next 20 years with our new, awesome telescopes says NASA By Sebastian Anthony on July 15, 2014 The Milky Way, as seen by NASA’s infrared Spitzer telescope. You can see a lot more stars with an infrared telescope as it cuts through the dust clouds.

We’ll find alien life in the next 20 years with our new, awesome telescopes says NASA By Sebastian Anthony on July 15, 2014 The Milky Way, as seen by NASA’s infrared Spitzer telescope. You can see a lot more stars with an infrared telescope as it cuts through the dust clouds.

Space History Photo: Gemini 6 view of Gemini 7 during rendezvous maneuvers on Dec. 15, 1965.

Space History Photo: Gemini 6 view of Gemini 7 during rendezvous maneuvers on Dec. 15, 1965.

A Gemini South image of the planetary nebula NGC 246, or "Skull Nebula." - Credit: Gemini South GMOS/Travis Rector/U. of Alaska Anchorage

A Gemini South image of the planetary nebula NGC 246, or "Skull Nebula." - Credit: Gemini South GMOS/Travis Rector/U. of Alaska Anchorage

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