This image is not available for purchase in your country.

X-ray image of the elliptical galaxies M87 & M86

X-ray image of the elliptical galaxies M87 & M86

R860/0043

Rights Managed

This image is not available for purchase in your country.

Please contact your Account Manager if you have any query.

Credit

MAX-PLANCK-INSTITUT FUR EXTRATERRESTRISCHE PHYSIK / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY MAX-PLANCK-INSTITUT FUR EXTRATERRESTRISCHE PHYSIK / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption

X-ray image taken by the ROSAT astronomical satellite of the giant elliptical galaxy M87 (NGC 4486, at centre) and the elliptical galaxy M86 (top right). The two galaxies are members of the Virgo Cluster of galaxies. This is the nearest major cluster (50 million light years) to our Local Group; it is formed by about 1000 members spread over an area 10 million light years wide. A black hole of 2.6 billion solar masses may lie in the core of M87 pulling all the stars towards the centre. The colour code runs from red for the brightest areas declining through yellow, green and blue for the dimmest regions.

Release details

Model release not required. Property release not required.

 {{ i.shot_duration ? i.shot_duration + ' ' : '' }}{{ i.shot_uhd ? '4K ' : i.hires ? 'HD ' : '' }}{{ i.spl_number }} R{{ i.license }}

  • Add to board
  • Similar {{ mediaType(i) }}