NASA’s Astrophoto Challenges 2021

Welcome to the AstroPix public image gallery for the galaxy Messier 87, the Challenge target for the Summer 2021 edition of NASA’s Astrophoto Challenges. M87 is a monstrous elliptical galaxy that is host to one of the biggest black holes known. Many different telescopes on Earth and in space have captured image data of M87 at many different scales, wavelengths, and resolutions. Use these public release images from professional observatories to compare to the images you create yourself for NASA’s Astrophoto Challenges.


Optical

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Lord of the stars

Infrared Optical Messier 87 NGC 4486
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A cosmic searchlight

Infrared Optical Ultraviolet Messier 87 NGC 4486 Virgo Galaxy
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Messier 87 Captured by ESOs Very Large Telescope

Optical Messier 87
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M87 nucleus and bright knot

Ultraviolet M87 Messier 87 NGC 4486
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Close-up Look at a Jet near a Black Hole in Galaxy M87 (Hubble WFPC2 View)

Infrared Optical Ultraviolet M 87 Messier 87 NGC 4486 Virgo Galaxy
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X-Ray

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Chandra Reviews Black Hole Musical: Epic But Off-Key

X-ray Optical M87
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Infrared

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Spitzer Captures Messier 87 (EHT)

Infrared Radio Messier 87 M87 NGC 4486 Virgo A Virgo Cluster
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Spitzer Captures Messier 87 (Jets)

Infrared Messier 87 M87 NGC 4486 Virgo A Virgo Cluster
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Spitzer Captures Messier 87

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Radio

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

IRAS 12282+1240 M 87 Messier 87 NGC 4486 Virgo Galaxy
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Close-up look at a jet near a black hole in galaxy M87 (ground-based view)

IRAS 12282+1240 M 87 Messier 87 NGC 4486 Virgo Galaxy
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ALMA image of M87 jet in polarised light

Millimeter Messier 87
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Combinations

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Chandra Sheds Light on the Knotty Problem of the M87 Jet

X-ray Optical Radio M87 Jet
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Galactic Super-volcano in Action

X-ray Radio M87
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A Nearby Galaxy Metropolis

X-ray Radio Infrared Optical M87
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Including 'the Black Hole'

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First Image of a Black Hole

Millimeter M87* Messier 87
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A view of the M87 supermassive black hole in polarised light

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