A cosmic searchlight

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esahubble_opo0020a July 6th, 2000

Credit: The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA) and NASA/ESA

Streaming out from the centre of the galaxy M87 like a cosmic searchlight is one of nature's most amazing phenomena, a black-hole-powered jet of electrons and other sub-atomic particles traveling at nearly the speed of light. In this Hubble telescope image, the blue jet contrasts with the yellow glow from the combined light of billions of unseen stars and the yellow, point-like clusters of stars that make up this galaxy. Lying at the centre of M87, the monstrous black hole has swallowed up matter equal to 2 billion times our Sun's mass. M87 is 50 million light-years from Earth.

Provider: Hubble Space Telescope | ESA

Image Source: https://www.spacetelescope.org/images/opo0020a/

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 Virgo Galaxy
Subject - Local Universe
Galaxy > Type > Elliptical
Galaxy > Size > Giant
Galaxy > Activity > AGN
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Position Details

Position (ICRS)
RA = 12h 30m 48.5s
DEC = 12° 23’ 32.9”
Orientation
North is 65.8° CW
Field of View
0.5 x 0.5 arcminutes
Constellation
Virgo

Color Mapping

  Telescope Spectral Band Wavelength
Red Hubble (WFPC2) Infrared (I) 814.0 nm
Green Hubble (WFPC2) Optical (V) 606.0 nm
Blue Hubble (WFPC2) Optical (B) 450.0 nm
Purple Hubble (WFPC2) Ultraviolet (U) 300.0 nm
Spectrum_base
Red
Green
Blue
Purple
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ID
opo0020a
Subject Category
C.5.1.4   C.5.2.1   C.5.3.2  
Subject Name
Messier 87, NGC 4486, Virgo Galaxy
Credits
The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA) and NASA/ESA
Release Date
2000-07-06T07:00:00
Lightyears
Redshift
Reference Url
https://www.spacetelescope.org/images/opo0020a/
Type
Observation
Image Quality
Distance Notes
Distance in light years from NED
Facility
Hubble Space Telescope, Hubble Space Telescope, Hubble Space Telescope, Hubble Space Telescope
Instrument
WFPC2, WFPC2, WFPC2, WFPC2
Color Assignment
Red, Green, Blue, Purple
Band
Infrared, Optical, Optical, Ultraviolet
Bandpass
I, V, B, U
Central Wavelength
814, 606, 450, 300
Start Time
Integration Time
Dataset ID
Notes
Coordinate Frame
ICRS
Equinox
J2000
Reference Value
187.701965876, 12.3924702039
Reference Dimension
1222.0, 1276.0
Reference Pixel
611.0, 638.0
Scale
-7.02185251222e-06, 7.02185251222e-06
Rotation
-65.82
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
opo0020a
Metadata Date
2003-12-09T17:16:17+01:00
Metadata Version
1.1
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