M87, and its Plasma Jet! Messier 87 (also known as Virgo A or NGC 4486) is a super-giant elliptical galaxy with several trillion stars in the constellation Virgo. One of the most massive galaxies in the local universe, it has a large population of globular clusters roughly 15,000 compared with the 200 or so orbiting the Milky Way.
M87 has a jet of energetic plasma(2 o’clock position) that originates at the core(black hole) and extends at least 1,500 parsecs (4,900 light-years), traveling at a relativistic speed. It has a massive black hole at its center, and It is one of the brightest radio sources in the sky and a popular target for both amateur and professional astronomers. It is located 53 million light years from Earth and is the second-brightest galaxy within the northern Virgo Cluster, having many fainter satellite galaxies.(faint fuzzies in the background). I was pleasantly surprised to have captured the jet with a small 4 inch diameter telescope & my QHY183C cooled Cmos Camera for 110 minute total exposure integration. 05-14-2021 I included a cropped B&W and Inverted image to help you see the plasma jet easier.