M 87

M 87

M 87 is a supergiant elliptical galaxy in Virgo at about 53 MLY distance. One of the most massive galaxies in the local universe with an estimated 12,000 globular clusters.

M 87 is an almost featureless elliptical except for an energetic plasma jet that originates at its core where resides a super massive black hole, that was imaged last year by the Event Horizon Telescope.

As always in the constellation of Virgo, the field is littered with tiny, more distance background galaxies.

F. O. V.    40 x 40 min of arc.

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.