Jet in M87 Spied by the VLT

A jet of material shoots out of M87, a giant elliptical galaxy about 50 million light years away in the Virgo Cluster. The powerful jet shines in the energetic blue and ultraviolet range, while old, cool stars in the galaxy proper emit less energetic reddish light. A supermassive black hole at M87's centre is the likely culprit for generating the plume that extends some 5,000 light years from the galactic nucleus.

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ESO

About the Image

Id:m87-bluejet
Type:Observation
Release date:3 December 2009, 23:19
Size:5776 x 3780 px

About the Object

Name:Messier 87
Type:• Local Universe : Galaxy : Activity : AGN
• Local Universe : Galaxy : Size : Giant
• Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Elliptical
Distance:55 million light years

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