Messier Monday: The Biggest One of them All, M87

Of all the galaxies in our local supercluster, one outweighs them all.

Ethan Siegel
Apr 1, 2014 · 10 min read
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Image credit: Tenho Tuomi of Tuomi Observatory, via http://www.lex.sk.ca/astro/messier/index.html.
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Image credit: me, using the free software Stellarium, available at http://stellarium.org/.
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Image credit: me, using the free software Stellarium, available at http://stellarium.org/.
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Image credit: me, using the free software Stellarium, available at http://stellarium.org/.
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Image credit: Rogelio Bernal Andreo of Deep Sky Colors, via http://www.deepskycolors.com/archive/2009/01/31/virgo-Galaxy-Cluster.html.
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Image credit: Rogelio Bernal Andreo of Deep Sky Colors again, via APOD at http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap110422.html.
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Image credit: NASA, ESA, Z. Levay and R. van der Marel (STScI), T. Hallas and A. Mellinger.
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Image credit: © 1999-2009 — RC Optical Systems, Robert Gendler, via http://gallery.rcopticalsystems.com/gallery/m87.html.
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Image credit: © 2006 — 2012 by Siegfried Kohlert, via http://www.astroimages.de/en/gallery/M87.html.
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Image credit: NASA / Hubble, Wikisky snapshot tool, via Wikimedia Commons user Friendlystar.
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Image credit: Brad Bates of Brook Mar Observatory, via http://www.brookmarobservatory.com/M87J_2010.html.
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Image credit: NASA and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA).
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Image credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/UCI/A.Lewis et al. Optical: Pal.Obs. DSS; via http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2003/abell2029/.
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Image credit: John C. Smith of Hidden Loft, via http://www.hiddenloft.com/M/M87.htm.

Starts With A Bang!

The Universe is out there, waiting for you to discover it.

Ethan Siegel

Written by

The Universe is: Expanding, cooling, and dark. It starts with a bang! #Cosmology Science writer, astrophysicist, science communicator & NASA columnist.

Starts With A Bang!

The Universe is out there, waiting for you to discover it.

Ethan Siegel

Written by

The Universe is: Expanding, cooling, and dark. It starts with a bang! #Cosmology Science writer, astrophysicist, science communicator & NASA columnist.

Starts With A Bang!

The Universe is out there, waiting for you to discover it.

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