Close-up Look at a Jet near a Black Hole in Galaxy M87 (Hubble WFPC2 View)

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esahubble_opo9943c October 27th, 1999

Credit: NASA/ESA and John Biretta (STScI/JHU)

A visible light image of the giant elliptical galaxy M 87, taken with the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope's Wide Field Planetary Camera 2 in February 1998, reveals a brilliant jet of high-speed electrons emitted from the nucleus (diagonal line across image). The jet is produced by a 3-billion-solar-mass black hole.

Provider: Hubble Space Telescope | ESA

Image Source: https://www.spacetelescope.org/images/opo9943c/

Curator: ESA/Hubble, Garching bei München, Germany

Image Use Policy: Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License

Image Details

Image Type
Observation
Object Name
M 87 Messier 87 NGC 4486 Virgo Galaxy
Subject - Local Universe
Planet > Satellite
Galaxy > Size > Giant
Galaxy > Component > Central Black Hole
Esahubble_opo9943c_128
 

Position Details

Position (ICRS)
RA = 12h 30m 48.7s
DEC = 12° 23’ 31.8”
Orientation
North is up
Field of View
0.4 x 0.2 arcminutes
Constellation
Virgo

Color Mapping

  Telescope Spectral Band Wavelength
Hubble (WFPC2) Infrared (I) 814.0 nm
Hubble (WFPC2) Optical (V) 606.0 nm
Hubble (WFPC2) Optical (B) 450.0 nm
Hubble (WFPC2) Ultraviolet (U) 300.0 nm
Spectrum_base
Esahubble_opo9943c_1280
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ID
opo9943c
Subject Category
C.1.4   C.5.2.1   C.5.4.6  
Subject Name
M 87, Messier 87, NGC 4486, Virgo Galaxy
Credits
NASA/ESA and John Biretta (STScI/JHU)
Release Date
1999-10-27T20:00:00
Lightyears
Redshift
Reference Url
https://www.spacetelescope.org/images/opo9943c/
Type
Observation
Image Quality
Distance Notes
Facility
Hubble Space Telescope, Hubble Space Telescope, Hubble Space Telescope, Hubble Space Telescope
Instrument
WFPC2, WFPC2, WFPC2, WFPC2
Color Assignment
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
187.703109794, 12.392156369
Reference Dimension
521.0, 281.0
Reference Pixel
260.5, 140.5
Scale
-1.26194839609e-05, 1.26194839609e-05
Rotation
-0
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
opo9943c
Metadata Date
2003-12-09T17:55:23+01:00
Metadata Version
1.1
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