M 87 Jet


This CCD image was taken with an ST10XME and CFW8. It is the combination of 10, 25-second exposures.  The image was processed with MaxIm and Photoshop.  The image was made on an unguided  Paramount ME mount from Hidden Valley Observatory. 
The telescope was a 16" RCOS at f/8.71.

The highly energetic, 5,000 light-year long jet, is thought to be associated with a massive black hole but its exact origins are still being debated.  The galaxy, M87 is approximately 50 million light years away.  It is very bright and short exposures were required to capture the jet.

 



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