Images from ESO's Very Large Telescope reveal the surroundings of a super-massive black hole in the centre of NGC 1097, a spiral galaxy located about 45 million light-years away in the southern constellation Fornax (the furnace). The inner ring (enlarged in the middle image) is a region of intense star formation surrounding the active nucleus at the centre. A masking process was applied on the infrared image (right) to suppress the stellar light of the galaxy, thus revealing spiral arms channelling gas and dust to the super-massive black hole at the heart of the galaxy. (ESO.)