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

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


Depicts: M 87, IRAS 12282+1240, NGC 4486, the Virgo Cluster A, the Virgo Galaxy
Copyright: NASA and John Biretta (STScI/JHU)

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.
Last Update: 1 September 2019
4-Mar-2024 07:50 UT

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