M87, NGC 4486

A giant elliptical galaxy (E0) in the Virgo Cluster, M87 is a strong radio source, known as 3C274 or Virgo A. This image was taken at the KPNO 0.9-meter telescope in December 1996, and shows the inner regions of the galaxy, including the well-known jet. The full extent of the galaxy can be better appreciated in this composite mosaiced image of part of the Virgo cluster, or in this deep black and white image from the KPNO Mayall 4-m telescope. The Virgo cluster also includes Messier galaxies M49, M58, M59, M60, M61, M84, M85, M86, M88, M89, M90, M91, M98, M99, and M100.

Credit:
NOIRLab/NSF/AURA/

About the Image

Id:noao-m87i
Type:Observation
Release date:June 30, 2020, 9:33 p.m.
Size:486 x 382 px

About the Object

Name:M87, NGC 4486, Virgo A
Constellation:Virgo
Category:Galaxies

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Coordinates

Position (RA):12 30 52.15
Position (Dec):12° 23' 19.52"
Field of view:6.21 x 4.88 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 0.7° right of vertical