Galaxy M87

Galaxy M87

R860/0056 Rights Managed

Request low-res file

530 pixels on longest edge, unwatermarked

Request/Download high-res file

Uncompressed file size: 18.0MB

Downloadable file size: 1.4MB

Price image Pricing

Please login to use the price calculator


Credit: NASA/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Galaxy M87. It is thought that there may be three rings associated with the core of this elliptical galaxy. Rings one and two lie across the centre of the core, overlapping. Ring three runs from top to bottom. The reason for the rings is not understood but one possible explanation is the merger of two spinning, supermassive black holes. Galaxy M87, also called Virgo A or NGC 4486, is found in the constellation Virgo. It is 50 million light years away and was discovered and catalogued by Charles Messier on 18 March 1781. Image taken by the Advanced CCD Imaging Spectrometer (ACIS) aboard Nasa's Chandra X-ray observatory.

Release details: Model release not required. Property release not required.

Keywords: acis, advanced ccd imagining, astronomical, astronomy, black hole, chandra x-ray observatory, constellation virgo, core, elliptical, from space, galaxy, galaxy m87, holes, nasa, ngc 4486, ring, rings, satellite, satellite image, solar system, space, spectrometer, supermassive, virgo a, xray

Licence fees: A licence fee will be charged for any media (low or high resolution) used in your project.