Planetary nebulae in galaxy Messier 87

The red and blue dots mark the position of the planetary nebulae whose motion revealed that Messier 87 has recently been struck by another, smaller galaxy, which has now fully merged with it. Those marked in red are moving away from us, and the blue ones toward us with respect to the galaxy as a whole.

Credit:

A. Longobardi (Max-Planck-Institut für extraterrestrische Physik)/C. Mihos (Case Western Reserve University)/ESO

About the Image

Id:eso1525b
Type:Observation
Release date:25 June 2015, 12:00
Related releases:eso1525
Size:4001 x 4000 px

About the Object

Name:Messier 87
Type:Local Universe : Nebula : Type : Planetary
Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Elliptical
Distance:50 million light years
Constellation:Virgo
Category:Galaxies
Nebulae

Image Formats

Large JPEG
6.6 MB
Screensize JPEG
499.0 KB

Zoomable


Wallpapers

1024x768
428.9 KB
1280x1024
688.1 KB
1600x1200
959.6 KB
1920x1200
1.1 MB
2048x1536
1.4 MB

Coordinates

Position (RA):12 30 49.27
Position (Dec):12° 23' 27.89"
Field of view:96.66 x 96.63 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 0.0° right of vertical

 

Also see our