Close-up look at a jet near a black hole in galaxy M87 (ground-based view)

Space Telescope Science Institute astronomers and their co-investigators have gained their first glimpse of the mysterious region near a black hole at the heart of a distant galaxy, where a powerful stream of subatomic particles spewing outward at nearly the speed of light is formed into a beam, or jet, that then goes nearly straight for thousands of light-years. The astronomers used radio telescopes in Europe and the U.S., including the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Very Long Baseline Array (VLBA) to make the most detailed images ever of the center of the galaxy M 87, some 50 million light-years away.


National Radio Astronomy Observatory, STScI

About the Image

NASA press release
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Release date:27 October 1999, 20:00
Size:3000 x 2400 px

About the Object

Name:IRAS 12282+1240, M 87, Messier 87, NGC 4486, Virgo Galaxy
Type:Local Universe : Nebula : Type : Jet
Category:Quasars and Black Holes

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