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News release ID: STScI-1999-43
Release Date: Oct 27, 1999
Image Use: Copyright
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This radio image of the galaxy M87, taken with the Very Large Array (VLA) radio telescope in February 1989, shows giant bubble-like structures where radio emission is thought to be powered by the jets of subatomic particles coming from the the galaxy's central black hole. The false color corresponds to the intensity of the radio energy being emitted by the jet. M87 is located 50 million light-years away in the constellation Virgo.

Active Galaxies/Quasars, Black Holes, Elliptical Galaxies, Galaxies, Observations


Credit: National Radio Astronomy Observatory/National Science Foundation