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Galaxy Virgo A

The elliptic giant galaxy M 87 is also a strong radio source and therefore got the name Virgo A. From its center a 5000 light-years long jet originates. The galaxy is surrounded by about 15 000 globular clusters, our Milky Way in contrast by only 200.

Constellation: Virgo
Distance: 60 million light-years
Visual magnitude: 8.6
Diameter: 120 000 light-years
Type: E1

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    Virgo A
The center of the galaxy with its jet.
Photo: Nasa

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