Close-up look at a jet near a black hole in galaxy M87 (ground-based view)

Esahubble_opo9943a_500

esahubble_opo9943a October 27th, 1999

Credit: National Radio Astronomy Observatory, STScI

Space Telescope Science Institute astronomers and their co-investigators have gained their first glimpse of the mysterious region near a black hole at the heart of a distant galaxy, where a powerful stream of subatomic particles spewing outward at nearly the speed of light is formed into a beam, or jet, that then goes nearly straight for thousands of light-years. The astronomers used radio telescopes in Europe and the U.S., including the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Very Long Baseline Array (VLBA) to make the most detailed images ever of the center of the galaxy M 87, some 50 million light-years away.

Image Source: https://www.spacetelescope.org/images/opo9943a/

Curator: ESA/Hubble, Garching bei München, Germany

Image Use Policy: Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License

Image Details

Image Type
Observation
Object Name
IRAS 12282+1240 M 87 Messier 87 NGC 4486 Virgo Galaxy
Subject - Local Universe
Nebula » Type » Jet
Esahubble_opo9943a_1280
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ID
opo9943a
Subject Category
C.4.1.5  
Subject Name
IRAS 12282+1240, M 87, Messier 87, NGC 4486, Virgo Galaxy
Credits
National Radio Astronomy Observatory, STScI
Lightyears
Redshift
Reference Url
https://www.spacetelescope.org/images/opo9943a/
Type
Observation
Image Quality
Distance Notes
Facility
Instrument
Color Assignment
Band
Bandpass
Central Wavelength
Start Time
Integration Time
Dataset ID
Notes
Coordinate Frame
Equinox
Reference Value
Reference Dimension
3000.0, 2400.0
Reference Pixel
Scale
Rotation
Coordinate System Projection:
Quality
FITS Header
Notes
Creator (Curator)
ESA/Hubble
URL
http://www.spacetelescope.org/
Name
Email
Telephone
Address
Karl-Schwarzschild-Strasse 2
City
Garching bei München
State/Province
Postal Code
D-85748
Country
Germany
Rights
Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License
Publisher
ESA/Hubble
Publisher ID
esahubble
Resource ID
opo9943a
Metadata Date
2017-03-17T17:22:26.985977
Metadata Version
1.1
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