Images of M87

Astronomers find that the supermassive black hole at the centre of the most massive local galaxy (M87) is not where it was expected. Their research, conducted using the Hubble Space Telescope, concludes that the supermassive black hole in M87 is displaced from the galaxy centre.

At right is a large-scale image of galaxy M87 taken in 1998 with Hubble's Wide-Field Planetary Camera 2. The two images at left show an image taken in 2006 with Hubble's Advanced Camera for Surveys. The position of the supermassive black hole is indicated by the black dot in the lower left panel, and a knot in the jet (HST-1), which was flaring in 2006, is also indicated on this panel. The red dot indicates the centre of the galaxy's light distribution, which is offset from the position of the black hole by about 22 light-years.

Credit:

NASA, ESA, D. Batcheldor and E. Perlman (Florida Institute of Technology), the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA), and J. Biretta, W. Sparks, and F.D. Macchetto (STScI)

About the Image

NASA caption
Id:opo1018a
Type:Collage
Release date:25 May 2010, 20:30
Size:1584 x 1078 px

About the Object

Name:M87, Messier 87, Virgo Galaxy
Type:• Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Elliptical
• Local Universe : Galaxy : Size : Giant
• Local Universe : Galaxy : Activity : AGN
• X - Galaxies Images/Videos
Distance:55 million light years

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BandWavelengthTelescope
Ultraviolet
U
300 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
Optical
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450 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
Optical
V
606 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
Infrared
I
814 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
Optical
V
606 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
Infrared
I
814 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS

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