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‘Eye of Sauron’ Provide a New Cosmic Yardstick for Charting Far-off Stars

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The "Eye of Sauron," scientifically known as the nearby NGC 4151 galaxy, is helping scientists to determine the distance to other galaxies tens of millions of light-years away, according to a new study. (Photo : X-ray: NASA/CXC/CfA/J.Wang et al.; Optical: Isaac Newton Group of Telescopes, La Palma/Jacobus Kapteyn Telescope; Radio: NSF/NRAO/VLA) The “Eye of Sauron,” scientifically known as the nearby NGC 4151 galaxy, is helping scientists to determine the distance to other galaxies tens of millions of light-years away, according to a new study. (Photo : X-ray: NASA/CXC/CfA/J.Wang et al.; Optical: Isaac Newton Group of Telescopes, La Palma/Jacobus Kapteyn Telescope; Radio: NSF/NRAO/VLA)

The “Eye of Sauron,” scientifically known as the nearby NGC 4151 galaxy, is helping scientists to determine the distance to other galaxies tens of millions of light-years away, according to a new study.

The research, which is published in the journal Nature,was used to identify the accurate distance of the nearby NGC4151 galaxy, which wasn’t previously available. The galaxy NGC 4151, which is dubbed the ‘Eye of Sauron’ by astronomers for its similarity to the film depiction of the eye of the character in The Lord of the Rings, is important for accurately measuring black hole masses.

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