Ring of Fire (2012)

This is the central bar of NGC 1097. The bright ring of star formation is encircling a supermassive black hole.

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Hubble data is public domain, but I put a lot of work into combining it into beautiful color images. The minimal credit line should read: NASA / ESA / J. Schmidt

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