M 87 (Virgo A)

Messier 87 (Virgo A or NGC 4486) is a supergiant elliptical galaxy. It is located about 54 million light-years from Earth. At the core is a supermassive black hole, which forms the primary component of an active galactic nucleus. This object is a strong source of radio waves. A jet of energetic plasma originates at the core and extends outward at about 5,000 light-years.


Technical Details:

Optics: ASA N 12 Astrograph at /6.8
Mount: ASA DDM 85
Camera: SBIG STL-11000M
Filters: Astronomik RGB filter set
Dates/Times: 23 May 2012
Location: Younets
Exposure Details: R,G,B = 5 min. each
Subexposures: 5 min.
Acquisition: CCD Soft
Processing: PixInsight, Photoshop CS

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