Zoom Into Black Hole Jet

About this video
Duration: 40 seconds

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.


Tags
Active Galaxies/Quasars, Astronomical, Black Holes, Elliptical Galaxies, Exotic, Galaxies, Hubble Telescope, Illustrative

Credits

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

Publication: August 22, 2013


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