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From: Dan Richter (1:317/3)
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Date: Fri, 21.05.21 13:00
ES Picture of the Day 21 2021
EPOD - a service of USRA

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The Relativistic Jet of M87

May 21, 2021


Photographer: Greg Parker
Summary Author: Greg Parker
As it’s galaxy viewing season now (for stargazers with telescopes), I
thought I'd look for the relativistic jet coming out of galaxy
M87 in the Virgo Galaxy Cluster. M87, some 54 million light
years away, is the galaxy where a radio image of the supermassive
black hole that lies at its center was recently acquired. The
relativistic jet of high energy particles is the signature of this
black hole.

After imaging, when I did my normal processing procedure, the jet was
lost in the glare of M87 itself. So, I used a Digital Development
Filter to mask out the galaxy, and this allowed the jet to be seen
quite clearly. Photo taken on April 18, 2021.
Photo details; The image consists of 12 sub-exposures each of 4-minutes
taken on a Hyperstar III (f#2; Celestron C11 SCR telescope; Starlight
Xpress 814C one shot color CCD camera. The main frame is the whole
field of view of the Hyperstar III with M87 at the center of the frame.
The insert is a further processed view of just M87 in order to make the
jet clearer.

New Forest Observatory, Brockenhurst, Hampshire, U.K. Coordinates:
50.819700, -1.590349

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