Lord of the stars

Esahubble_heic0815f_1024

esahubble_heic0815f August 5th, 2008

Credit: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)Acknowledgment: P. Cote (Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics) and E. Baltz (Stanford University)

The monstrous elliptical galaxy M87 is the home of several trillion stars, a supermassive black hole, and family of 13,000 globular star clusters. M87 is the dominant galaxy at the centre of the neighbouring Virgo Cluster of galaxies, which contains some 2,000 galaxies. Amid the smooth yellow population of older stars, the two features that stand out most in this Hubble Space Telescope image of M87 are its soft blue jet and the myriad of starlike globular clusters scattered throughout the image. The jet is a black-hole-powered stream of material that is being ejected from the core of the galaxy. As gaseous material from the centre of the galaxy accretes onto the black hole, the resultant energy released produces a fire-hose stream of subatomic particles that are accelerated to velocities near the speed of light. Being in the centre of the Virgo Cluster of galaxies, M87 may have accumulated some of its globular clusters by gravitationally pulling them from nearby dwarf galaxies that seem to be devoid of globulars today. The 120,000-light-year-diameter galaxy lies at a distance of 54 million light-years from the Sun in the spring constellation Virgo. This image was made from data taken in 2003 and 2006 with Hubble's Advanced Camera for Surveys. The image is a composite of individual filtered data that cover the visible and infrared portions of the spectrum.

Provider: Hubble Space Telescope | ESA

Image Source: https://www.spacetelescope.org/images/heic0815f/

Curator: ESA/Hubble, Garching bei München, Germany

Image Use Policy: Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License

Image Details

Image Type
Observation
Object Name
Messier 87 NGC 4486
Subject - Local Universe
Galaxy > Type > Elliptical
Galaxy > Size > Giant
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Position Details

Position (ICRS)
RA = 12h 30m 50.1s
DEC = 12° 23’ 26.0”
Orientation
North is 11.2° CW
Field of View
3.2 x 3.2 arcminutes
Constellation
Virgo

Color Mapping

  Telescope Spectral Band Wavelength
Red Hubble (ACS) Infrared (I) 814.0 nm
Green Hubble (ACS) Optical (V) 606.0 nm
Blue Hubble (ACS) Optical (B) 475.0 nm
Spectrum_base
Red
Green
Blue
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ID
heic0815f
Subject Category
C.5.1.4   C.5.2.1  
Subject Name
Messier 87, NGC 4486
Credits
NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)Acknowledgment: P. Cote (Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics) and E. Baltz (Stanford University)
Release Date
2008-08-05T15:00:00
Lightyears
Redshift
Reference Url
https://www.spacetelescope.org/images/heic0815f/
Type
Observation
Image Quality
Distance Notes
Facility
Hubble Space Telescope, Hubble Space Telescope, Hubble Space Telescope
Instrument
ACS, ACS, ACS
Color Assignment
Red, Green, Blue
Band
Infrared, Optical, Optical
Bandpass
I, V, B
Central Wavelength
814, 606, 475
Start Time
Integration Time
Dataset ID
Notes
Coordinate Frame
ICRS
Equinox
J2000
Reference Value
187.7087707, 12.390557
Reference Dimension
3854.0, 3815.0
Reference Pixel
1928.0, 1908.5
Scale
-1.38643e-05, 1.386434e-05
Rotation
-11.17
Coordinate System Projection:
TAN
Quality
Full
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
heic0815f
Metadata Date
2019-10-07T11:41:03.308843
Metadata Version
1.1
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