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July 6, 2000 01:00 AM (EDT)

News Release Number: STScI-2000-20

A Cosmic Searchlight

Technical facts about this news release:

About this Object 
Object Name: Messier 87 • M87 • NGC 4486 • Virgo A
Object Description: Giant Eliptical Galaxy (E1)
Position (J2000): R.A. 12h 30m 49s
Dec. +12° 23' 28"
Constellation: Virgo
Distance: About 16 Mpc (50 million light-years)

The image is 31 arcseconds wide (about 7500 light years). The length of the jet is 5,000 light-years at optical wavelengths (100,000 light years at radio wavelengths).

About the Data 
Instrument: WFPC2
Exposure Date: February 1998
Exposure Time: 55 minutes
Filters: Red: F814W (I), Green: F606W (V), Blue: F450W (B), Violet: F300W(U)
Principal Astronomers:

J.A. Biretta, W.B. Sparks, F.D. Macchetto, E.S. Perlman (STScI)

About this Image 
Image Credit: NASA and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)
Release Date: July 6, 2000 1:00 a.m. (EDT)
Orientation: Black Hole-Powered Jet of Electrons and Sub-Atomic Particles Streams From Center of Galaxy M87