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M87 active galaxy. Artwork of a jet of matter emanating from the nucleus of the active galaxy M87 (NGC 4486). Located some 50 million light years away in the constellation Virgo, M87 is a giant elliptical galaxy. It is believed to have a black hole, with a mass of 5000 million Suns, at its centre. Two opposed jets of material, one much brighter than the other, can be seen coming from the galaxy's nucleus (centre). The brighter of the two jets (top) extends some 5000 light years outwards from the core.
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