Hubble measures velocity of gas orbiting black hole

Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have found seemingly conclusive evidence for a massive black hole in the center of the giant elliptical galaxy M87, located 50 million light years away in the constellation Virgo. Earlier observations suggested the black hole was present, but were not decisive.


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
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Release date:26 August 2013, 02:22
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
Distance:55 million light years
Quasars and Black Holes

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Position (RA):12 30 49.39
Position (Dec):12° 23' 27.98"
Field of view:0.08 x 0.08 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 23.9° left of vertical

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H-alpha + Nii
658 nm Hubble Space Telescope

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