Planetary Nebulae in and around Messier 87

Location of the planetary nebulae in the outskirts of the giant galaxy Messier 87 and in the intergalactic space around the centre of the Virgo Cluster of galaxies. By measuring the motions of these objects very precisely, using the highly efficient FLAMES spectrograph on the ESO Very Large Telescope at the Paranal Observatory (Chile), astronomers have probed the edge of Messier 87 for the first time, and found it to be about three times as large as our own Milky Way.

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ID:eso0919b
Typ:Kollage
Publiceringsdatum:20 maj 2009
Relaterade pressmeddelanden:eso0919
Storlek:1752 x 1520 px

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Namn:Messier 87, Virgo Cluster
Typ:Local Universe : Nebula : Type : Planetary
Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Elliptical
Local Universe : Galaxy : Size : Giant
Local Universe : Galaxy : Grouping : Cluster
Avstånd:60 miljon ljusår
Kategori:Nebulae

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