This image shows the X-ray EPIC view of M 87 (NGC 4486, also called Virgo A), a giant elliptical galaxy having an impressive and huge pair of jets. The jets are made of high energy gaseous material ejected from the core of the galaxy. Details of the jets of M 87 can be seen in this XMM-Newton image: the brightest jet is pointing towards the observer and appears to be more extended, while the second one, pointing to the opposite direction, is significantly fainter.
The image is a colour-preserved coded one with: red=0.3-1 keV, green=1-2 keV, blue=2-8 keV.
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