M87 (NGC 4486)

Type Location r.a. dec. Size Magnitude Distance
Galaxy Virgo 12h30.8 +12°24' 7.2' x 6.8' 8.6 54 Mly

Messier 87 (also known as M87, Virgo A or NGC 4486) is a supergiant elliptical galaxy, located at about 54 million light-years from Earth.

M87 is a strong source of multiwavelength radiation, particularly radio waves. A jet of energetic plasma originates at the core and extends outward at least 5,000 light-years.

Other galaxies visible: 
towards NW: NGC 4486B 
towards South, from East to West: NGC 4486A, NGC 4478, NGC 4476


M87, NGC 4486

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Date Telescope Binning Exp Time (s) Special processing Notes
Apr 10, 2004 Centurion
L 1:1
RGB 3:1
L 3x300
R,G,B 300
LRGB, Max Entropy, DDP DDP strongly "pushed" to show both jet and galaxy core extension