Image Credit: X-ray (NASA/CXC/Virginia/A.Reines et al); Radio (NRAO/AUI/NSF); Optical (NASA/STScI)

Seen here is a galaxy that shares similar properties to many of the earliest stars and galaxies in the universe. Called Henize 2-10, this dwarf-starburst galaxy is located approximately 30 million light-years from Earth.

Looming in the center of the galaxy is a quickly growing super-massive black hole that has an estimated mass of one million suns. It's producing a startling amount of compact x-rays, showing that the black hole may be growing much more quickly than the stars that collect into galactic bulges, which conflicts with the growth rate measured in galaxies close to the Milky Way. Because of this, the galaxy is of particular interest to astronomers, as it provides a detailed look at how galaxy and black hole formation in the past differed from galaxy evolution in the present time.

Optical data of the region was provided by the Hubble Space Telescope in green, red and blue. Chandra X-ray Observatory captured x-ray data in purple and radio data was collected in yellow from the National Radio Astronomy Observatory's "Very Large Array."

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