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M87 jet.jpg

M87 is an elliptical galaxy about 50 million light years away in the constellation of Virgo, and like most if not all galaxies it contains a super-massive black hole at its centre. The black hole powers an enormous polar jet of electrons and ions moving at almost the speed of light.