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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


Video: M87 Jet - Knot Flaring (Annotation Only)

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This annotated movie shows a zoom into the giant elliptical galaxy M87. Inside that galaxy is one of the most massive black holes discovered to date. Hubble astronomers are focusing their attention on a narrow jet of gas and radiation coming from that black hole. That jet seems to have a mysterious glowing knot in it — one that is brightening and fading over a period of several years.

Video Credit: NASA, ESA, Z. Levay, G. Bacon, and M. Estacion (STScI)

Photo Credit: NASA, ESA, J. Madrid (McMaster University)

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