Close-up Look at a Jet near a Black Hole in Galaxy M87 (Hubble WFPC2 View)

A visible light image of the giant elliptical galaxy M 87, taken with the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope's Wide Field Planetary Camera 2 in February 1998, reveals a brilliant jet of high-speed electrons emitted from the nucleus (diagonal line across image). The jet is produced by a 3-billion-solar-mass black hole.

Credit:

NASA/ESA and John Biretta (STScI/JHU)

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Id:opo9943c
Type:Observation
Release date:27 October 1999, 20:00
Size:521 x 281 px

About the Object

Name:M 87, Messier 87, NGC 4486, Virgo Galaxy
Type:• Local Universe : Planet : Satellite
• Local Universe : Galaxy : Size : Giant
• Local Universe : Galaxy : Component : Central Black Hole
Distance:55 million light years

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Colours & filters

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

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