2 A First for The ALMA Telescope in Chile
According to one of the researchers Aaron Barth at UCI”This is the first time that ALMA has probed the orbital motion of cold molecular gas well inside the gravitational sphere of influence of a super massive black hole. We are directly viewing the region where the cold gas is responding to the black hole’s gravitational pull.”
NGC 1332 is an elliptical galaxy 73 million light years away from Earth. Found in the southern sky, it is one among several galaxies that contain such black holes which are galactic disks of cold molecular gas and dust orbiting their galaxies.