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English: The jet emerging from the galactic core of M87 (NGC 4486). The jet extends to about 20 arc seconds (absolute length ca. 5 kly).

Composite image of Hubble Telescope observations. The galaxy is too distant for the Hubble Telescope to resolve individual stars; the bright dots in the image are star clusters, assumed to contain some hundreds of thousands of stars each.

Original caption:

"Black Hole-Powered Jet of Electrons and Sub-Atomic Particles Streams From Center of Galaxy M87"
The data used in this image was collected with Hubble's Wide Field Planetary Camera 2 in 1998 by J.A. Biretta, W.B. Sparks, F.D. Macchetto, and E.S. Perlman (STScI). This composite image was compiled by the Hubble Heritage team based on these exposures of ultraviolet, blue, green, and infrared light.
Čeština: Výtrysk plazmatu z jádra galaxie M87, který vychází z okolí černé díry
Source HubbleSite: gallery, release.
Author NASA and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

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