A view of the M87 supermassive black hole in polarised light

Eso_eso2105a_1024

eso_eso2105a March 24th, 2021

Credit: EHT Collaboration

The Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) collaboration, who produced the first ever image of a black hole released in 2019, has today a new view of the massive object at the centre of the Messier 87 (M87) galaxy: how it looks in polarised light. This is the first time astronomers have been able to measure polarisation, a signature of magnetic fields, this close to the edge of a black hole. This image shows the polarised view of the black hole in M87. The lines mark the orientation of polarisation, which is related to the magnetic field around the shadow of the black hole.

Provider: European Southern Observatory

Image Source: https://www.eso.org/public/images/eso2105a/

Curator: European Southern Observatory, Garching bei München, None, Germany

Image Use Policy: Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License

Image Details

Image Type
Observation
Object Name
Messier 87
Subject - Local Universe
Galaxy > Component > Central Black Hole
Eso_eso2105a_128
 

Position Details

Position (ICRS)
RA = 12h 30m 49.4s
DEC = 12° 23’ 28.0”
Orientation
North is up
Field of View
0.0 x 0.0 arcminutes
Constellation
Virgo

Color Mapping

  Telescope Spectral Band Wavelength
Orange Event Horizon Telescope (None) Millimeter (None) 1.3 mm
Spectrum_ir1
Orange
Eso_eso2105a_1280
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ID
eso2105a
Subject Category
C.5.4.6  
Subject Name
Messier 87
Credits
EHT Collaboration
Release Date
2021-03-24T15:00:00
Lightyears
Redshift
Reference Url
https://www.eso.org/public/images/eso2105a/
Type
Observation
Image Quality
Distance Notes
Facility
Event Horizon Telescope
Instrument
None
Color Assignment
Orange
Band
Millimeter
Bandpass
None
Central Wavelength
1300000
Start Time
Integration Time
Dataset ID
None
Notes
Coordinate Frame
ICRS
Equinox
J2000
Reference Value
187.70593075, 12.39112325
Reference Dimension
3414.0, 3447.0
Reference Pixel
1707.0, 1723.5
Scale
-8.90483602239e-12, 8.90483602239e-12
Rotation
0
Coordinate System Projection:
TAN
Quality
Full
FITS Header
Notes
coordinates tagged by ESO/ Mahdi Zamani
Creator (Curator)
European Southern Observatory
URL
https://www.eso.org
Name
Email
Telephone
Address
Karl-Schwarzschild-Strasse 2
City
Garching bei München
State/Province
None
Postal Code
D-85748
Country
Germany
Rights
Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License
Publisher
European Southern Observatory
Publisher ID
eso
Resource ID
eso2105a
Metadata Date
2020-12-01T18:09:51+01:00
Metadata Version
1.1
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