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English: Streaming out from the center of the galaxy M87 like a cosmic searchlight is one of nature's most amazing phenomena, a black-hole-powered jet of electrons and other sub-atomic particles traveling at nearly the speed of light. In this Hubble telescope image, the blue jet contrasts with the yellow glow from the combined light of billions of unseen stars and the yellow, point-like clusters of stars that make up this galaxy. Lying at the center of M87, the monstrous black hole has swallowed up matter equal to 2 billion times our Sun's mass. M87 is 50 million light-years from Earth.
Instrument: WFPC2; Time: February 1998, 55 minutes of exposure; Principal astronomers: J.A. Biretta, W.B. Sparks, F.D. Macchetto, E.S. Perlman (STScI).
Français : Un jet d'électrons et autres particules subatomiques projeté par un trou noir hors de la galaxie M87 à une vitesse proche de celle de la lumière, et photographié par le télescope spatial Hubble. Sur l'image, le jet bleu contraste avec la galaxie et les amas globulaires qui l'entoure. M87 se trouve à 50 millions d'années lumière de nous. Le trou noir situé en son centre pèse 2 milliards de fois la masse du soleil. Image prise en février 1998 à l'aide de la Caméra planétaire et à large champ WFPC2, par J.A. Biretta, W.B. Sparks, F.D. Macchetto, et E.S. Perlman. Exposition 55 minutes.

27 July 2004(2004-07-27) (first version); 2007-01-09 (last version)


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