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April 14, 2009 09:00 AM (EDT)

News Release Number: STScI-2009-16

Hubble Witnesses Spectacular Flaring in Gas Jet from M87's Black Hole

Technical facts about this news release:

About the Survey
Object Name: M87 Jet
Object Description: Giant Elliptical Galaxy with Jet
Position (J2000): R.A. 12h 30m 49s.42
Dec. +12° 23' 28".03
Constellation: Virgo
Distance: 54 million light-years (17 megaparsecs)
About the Data
Science Team: This image was created from HST data from proposals: 8140, 8780, 8048, 9461, 9829, 10133, and 10617: J. Biretta (STScI) and 9474: W. Sparks (STScI).
Instrument: STIS; ACS/HRC
Exposure Date(s): May 1999 - December 2006
Filters: F25QTZ; F220W and F250W
About the Release
Release Credit: NASA, ESA, and J. Madrid (McMaster University)
Release Date: April 14, 2009