Black Hole in Galaxy M87 Emits Jet of High-Speed Electrons

Black Hole in Galaxy M87 Emits Jet of High-Speed Electrons

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News release ID: STScI-1999-43
Release Date: Oct 27, 1999
Image Use: Copyright
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A visible light image of the giant elliptical galaxy M87, taken with NASA 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.


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Active Galaxies/Quasars, Astronomical, Black Holes, Elliptical Galaxies, Exotic, Galaxies, Hubble Telescope

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Credit: NASA and John Biretta (STScI/JHU)