- [*] HST/FOS spectra of the nucleus of M32: improved evidence for a
nuclear black hole
- van der Marel R.P.
- in `The Nature of Elliptical Galaxies', Proceedings of
The Second Stromlo Symposium, Arnaboldi M., Da Costa G., Saha P.,
eds., ASP Conference Series, Vol. 116, p. 138-141, 1997
- © 1997. Astronomical Society of the Pacific.
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The first HST spectra of the nucleus of M32 are discussed. The
inferred stellar velocities exceed those measured from ground-based
observations. Fully general axisymmetric dynamical models show that
(3.4 +/- 1.6) x 10^6 solar masses of dark material must be contained
within 0.3 pc. A massive black hole is the most plausible
interpretation, strengthening the view that black holes are common in
the nuclei of quiescent galaxies.
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