Hubble’s View of a Supermassive Black Hole’s 5,000-Light-Year-Long Jet

Here’s a view of the twisted 5,000 light-year-long relativistic jet blasting into space from the supermassive black hole at the heart of the elliptical galaxy Messier 87 (M87), located 53 million light-years away in the constellation Virgo. The data comprising this image were acquired by the Hubble Space Telescope in January 2017 in optical and near-infrared…