Telescopes Unite in Unprecedented Observations of Famous Black Hole

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chandra_755a April 14th, 2021

Credit: The EHT Multi-wavelength Science Working Group; the EHT Collaboration; ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO); the EVN; the EAVN Collaboration; VLBA (NRAO); the GMVA; the Hubble Space Telescope; the Neil Gehrels Swift Observatory; the Chandra X-ray Observatory; the Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array; the Fermi-LAT Collaboration; the H.E.S.S collaboration; the MAGIC collaboration; the VERITAS collaboration; NASA and ESA.

In April 2019, the Event Horizon Telescope project released the first direct image of a black hole in the galaxy M87. This series of images represent an extensive observing campaign by telescopes around the globe and in space of M87's black hole and the region around it. These telescopes, which included NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory, cover the entire spectrum of light from radio waves to gamma rays. The images also range in scale from a fraction of a light year to hundreds of thousands of light years. These combined data will help scientists gain crucial insight into the black hole's properties.

Provider: Chandra X-ray Observatory

Image Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2021/m87/

Curator: Chandra X-ray Observatory, Cambridge, MA, USA

Image Use Policy: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/image_use.html

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Image Details

Image Type
Observation
Object Name
M87

Distance

Universescale2
50,000,000 light years

Position Details

Position (FK5)
RA = 12h 30m 50.0s
DEC = 12° 23’ 28.0”
Constellation
Virgo

Color Mapping

  Telescope Spectral Band Wavelength
Purple Chandra (ACIS) X-ray -
Chandra_755a_1280
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ID
755a
Subject Category
Subject Name
M87
Credits
The EHT Multi-wavelength Science Working Group; the EHT Collaboration; ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO); the EVN; the EAVN Collaboration; VLBA (NRAO); the GMVA; the Hubble Space Telescope; the Neil Gehrels Swift Observatory; the Chandra X-ray Observatory; the Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array; the Fermi-LAT Collaboration; the H.E.S.S collaboration; the MAGIC collaboration; the VERITAS collaboration; NASA and ESA.
Release Date
2021-04-14
Lightyears
50,000,000
Redshift
50,000,000
Reference Url
http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2021/m87/
Type
Observation
Image Quality
Good
Distance Notes
Facility
Chandra X-ray Observatory
Instrument
ACIS
Color Assignment
Purple
Band
X-ray
Bandpass
Central Wavelength
Start Time
2017-04-07-0000
Integration Time
26220
Dataset ID
20034, 20035
Notes
Coordinate Frame
FK5
Equinox
Reference Value
187.7083, 12.3911
Reference Dimension
Reference Pixel
Scale
Rotation
Coordinate System Projection:
Quality
Position
FITS Header
Notes
Creator (Curator)
Chandra X-ray Observatory
URL
http://chandra.harvard.edu
Name
Chandra X-ray Observatory Center
Email
cxcpub@cfa.harvard.edu
Telephone
617.496.7941
Address
60 Garden St.
City
Cambridge
State/Province
MA
Postal Code
02138
Country
USA
Rights
http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/image_use.html
Publisher
Chandra X-ray Center
Publisher ID
chandra
Resource ID
755a
Metadata Date
2021-06-24T15:32:09-04:00
Metadata Version
1.2
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Universescalefull
50,000,000 light years