Zooming in on the black hole and jet of Messier 87

This zoom video starts with a view of ALMA and zooms in on the heart of the M87 galaxy, showing successively more detailed observations. The final image shows the shadow of the black hole and a powerful jet expelled from it, together for the first time in the same image. The observations were obtained with telescopes from the Global Millimetre VLBI Array (GMVA), ALMA, of which ESO is a partner, and the Greenland Telescope.


ESO/L. Calçada, Digitized Sky Survey 2, ESA/Hubble, RadioAstron, De Gasperin et al., Kim et al., R.-S. Lu (SHAO), E. Ros (MPIfR), S. Dagnello (NRAO/AUI/NSF). Music: astral electronic.

About the Video

Release date:26 April 2023, 17:00
Related releases:eso2305
Duration:54 s
Frame rate:25 fps

About the Object

Name:Messier 87
Type:Local Universe : Galaxy : Component : Central Black Hole
Category:Quasars and Black Holes

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