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About this Object

Object Name:

Messier 87 • M87 • NGC 4486 • Virgo A

Object Description:

Giant Eliptical Galaxy (E1)

Position (J2000):

R.A. 12h  30m  49s
Dec. +12 23' 28"

Constellation:

Virgo

Distance:

About 50 million light-years (16Mpc)

Dimensions:

The image is 31 arcseconds wide (about 7500 light years). The length of the jet, out from the galaxy center, is 5,000 light years when viewed at optical wavelengths. The length viewed at radio wavelengths is about 100,000 light years.

About the Data

Instrument:

WFPC2

Exposure Date:

February 1998

Exposure Time:

55 minutes

Filters:

Red

F814W

I

Green

F606W

V

Blue

F450W

B

Violet

F300W

U

Colors:

Chromatic

Principal Astronomers:

J.A. Biretta, W.B. Sparks, F.D. Macchetto, E.S. Perlman (STScI)

About this Image

Image Credit:

NASA and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

Release Date:

July 6, 2000 1:00 a.m. (EDT)

Orientation/Scale: