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August 22, 2013 11:45 AM (EDT)

News Release Number: STScI-2013-32

Hubble Takes Movies of Space Slinky

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Video: Zoom Into Black Hole Jet

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This video begins with a view of the stars and galaxies in the spring constellation Virgo. We zoom into the giant elliptical galaxy M87, which lies near the center of the Virgo cluster of galaxies. A high-speed jet of hot plasma is buried deep inside the galaxy. A supermassive black hole ejects the jet at nearly the speed of light. This Hubble Space Telescope time-lapse movie captures the movement of the jet over a timespan of 13 years.

Credit: NASA, ESA, and G. Bacon (STScI)

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