Hubble’s Inside The Image: M87 Jet

  • Released Friday, November 24, 2023

The Hubble Space Telescope has taken over 1.5 million observations over the years. One of them is the incredible image of galaxy M87 and its giant jet.

M87, a massive elliptical galaxy in the Virgo Cluster, is famous for its prominent jet of high-energy particles and radiation that extends for thousands of light-years from its central supermassive black hole.

In this video, Dr. Padi Boyd explains this breathtaking image and how important Hubble is to exploring the mysteries of the universe.

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Credit: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center

Producer, Director & Editor: James Leigh

Director of Photography: James Ball

Executive Producers: James Leigh & Matthew Duncan

Production & Post: Origin Films

Video Credits:
Hubble Space Telescope Animation
ESA/Hubble (M. Kornmesser & L. L. Christensen)

Black Hole Animations
Goddard Space Flight Center

Music Credits:
"Transcode" by Lee Groves [PRS], and Peter George Marett [PRS] via Universal Production Music

“Cognition” by Lorenzo Ferrara [SIAE] via Hyperscore Productions [ASCAP] and Universal Production Music

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Release date

This page was originally published on Friday, November 24, 2023.
This page was last updated on Monday, November 13, 2023 at 1:31 PM EST.


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