A Cosmic Searchlight

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.

Credit:

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

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Id:opo0020a
Type:Observation
Release date:6 July 2000, 07:00
Size:1222 x 1276 px

About the Object

Name:Messier 87, NGC 4486, Virgo Galaxy
Type:• Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Elliptical
• Local Universe : Galaxy : Size : Giant
• Local Universe : Galaxy : Activity : AGN
• X - Quasars/AGN/Black Hole Images/Videos
Distance:55 million light years
Constellation:Virgo

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814 nm Hubble Space Telescope
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