In spiral galaxies, majestic
of young stars, gas, and dust rotate in a flat disk around a
bulging galactic nucleus.
But elliptical galaxies seem to be simpler.
Lacking gas and dust to form new stars, their
randomly swarming older stars, give them an ellipsoidal
Still, elliptical galaxies can be very large.
telescopic view and over 120,000 light-years in
diameter, larger than our own Milky Way,
elliptical galaxy M87
(NGC 4486) is the dominant galaxy of the
Some 50 million light-years away,
likely home to a supermassive
black hole responsible
for a high-energy jet of particles emerging from the giant
galaxy's central region.
In this well-processed image, M87's jet is near the one o'clock
Other galaxies are also in the field of view,
including large Virgo Cluster ellipticals
right of center and
near the right edge.
Credit & Copyright:
Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter,