M 87 & Jet (cropped).

Jet of M87.

M 87’s visual relativistic jet is aimed roughly in our direction and is about 5000 light long.

The jet can be seen at the 7’oclock position, short, thin and faint just about touching the central core of M 87. There is another jet moving out in the opposite direction. (that we can’t see)

These jets are generated by the interplay of the strong gravitational potential of the black hole, the plasma in the accretion disk and the magnetic field locked in the accretion disk.

F. O. V. cropped to 7.8% of the original image.

Telescope.   Orion Optics UK AG12.

Camera.    S Big ST4000 XCM OSC CCD.

Exposure and Date.  15 x 600 sec.  June 2020.

Location.   (Wiruna) Ilford N.S.W.