Center for Magnetic Self Organization
in Laboratory and Astrophysical Plasmas
M87 Extragalactic Jet
Size: 5000 light years long
Mass: the jet is emitted from a
3 billion solar mass black hole
Distance: 52 million light years
Temperature: 29 million °C
Flow Speed: 403 million mph (?)
Location: In the constellation Virgo
Image Credit: J.A. Biretta et al.,
Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA), NASA
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This optical image from Hubble Space Telescope shows a beam of matter shooting out from the giant elliptical galaxy, M87, at nearly the speed of light!
At the center of this galaxy is a monster black hole that is 3 billion times the mass of our Sun.