M87 Galaxy

Imaged by Jean-Yves Beninger from Singapore on 23 May 2011


Mewlon 250S on Mach1, ST8XME, L filter bin 1x1

Stack of 12 images, 10 minutes each


M87 is a giant elliptical galaxy in the Virgo cluster of galaxies.

Streaming out from the center of M87 is one of nature's most amazing phenomena : a black hole powered 5000 light years long jet of sub-atomic particles traveling at nearly the speed of light.

... and here M87 in all its splendor with its jet, numerous star clusters and a few foreground stars.

The animation below separates the foreground stars which are nearby us from M87 galaxy which is about 50 million lightyears away. The little blobs of lights are globular clusters that gravitate around M87 center.