Black Hole Galaxy M87 by Oleg Bouevitch

Photo of the Week for April 12, 2019

Black Hole Galaxy M87 by Oleg BouevitchInspired by the April 10 press release featuring the first ever image of a black hole, Nepean, Ontario, astrophotographer Oleg Bouevitch headed into his backyard that night, aimed his telescope at the heart of the Virgo galaxy cluster, and photographed M87. The result is presented above. M87 is positioned near the centre of the frame, but dozens of additional galaxies also show up. Most conspicuous is a curving row of galaxies in the upper right—part of an assemblage known as Markarian’s Chain. Although M87 is currently getting all the press, in fact every galaxy in this picture likely has a supermassive black hole at its centre—black holes are simply part of the architecture of all large galaxies.

To capture this image, Oleg used a Takahashi FSQ 106 EDX III astrographic telescope and a FLI ML16200 monochromatic CCD camera to acquire a total of 279 minutes exposure data shot through LRGB filters.

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