Active Galaxy M87

A NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image of a spiral-shaped disk of hot gas in the core of active galaxy M87. HST measurements show the disk is rotating so rapidly it contains a massive black hole at its hub.


Holland Ford, Space Telescope Science Institute/Johns Hopkins University; Richard Harms, Applied Research Corp.; Zlatan Tsvetanov, Arthur Davidsen, and Gerard Kriss at Johns Hopkins; Ralph Bohlin and GeorgeHartig at Space Telescope Science Institute; Linda Dressel and Ajay K.Kochhar at Applied Research Corp. in Landover, Md.; and Bruce Margon fromthe University of Washington in Seattle NASA/ESA

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Release date:25 May 1994, 06:00
Size:512 x 512 px

About the Object

Name:IRAS 12282+1240, M 87, Messier 87, NGC 4486, Virgo Galaxy
Type:• Local Universe : Galaxy : Component : Central Black Hole
• X - Quasars/AGN/Black Hole Images/Videos

Image Formats

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Colours & filters

H-alpha + Nii
658 nm Hubble Space Telescope

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