[M87, KPNO 4-m]

Giant elliptical galaxy M87 in the Virgo Cluster of Galaxies, as photographed with the Kitt Peak National Observatory's 4-meter Mayall telescope in 1975. Over 500 globular clusters have been detected in visible light and many are visible here (looking like fuzzy stars near the galaxy).

  • More information on this image (N.A. Sharp, NOAO)

    [M87 with jet inset, KPNO 4-m]

    M87 seen in its environment of dwarf galaxies and surrounded by its globular cluster system is seen in the bigger image. The small insert shows the contrast-enhanced nuclear region with the notable jet.

  • More information on this image (N.A. Sharp, NOAO)

    Credit for both images above: AURA/NOAO/NSF

  • More NOAO images

    [M87, anonymous source]

    In this grogeous image from an anonymous source, M87 can be seen with its globular cluster system (large image). The smaller inset shows a short exposure of the same galaxy, exhibiting the famous jet.

    Hartmut Frommert
    Christine Kronberg

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    Last Modification: 2 Jul 1998