Messier 87

M87 hubble
M87 as seen by the Hubble Space Telescope

Observation Data
Epoch: J2000
Constellation: Virgo
Right Ascension: 12h 30m 49.42338s
Declination: +12° 23′ 28.0439″
Apparent Dimensions (V): 8.3 × 6.6 moa
Apparent Magnitude (V): 9.59
Absolute Magnitude (V):
Type: E+0-1 pec, NRLG Sy
Helio Radial Velocity: 1307
Redshift: 0.004360
Galactocentric Velocity: 1254
Distance: 53.5
Other Designations
Virgo A, Virgo X-1, NGC 4486, UGC 7654, PGC 41361, VCC 1316, Arp 152, 3C 274, 3U 1228+12

Messier 87 (commonly known as M87) is a supergiant elliptical galaxy located somewhere around the centre of the Virgo Cluster, the largest cluster in the Local Supercluster.

Observation History

M87 was discovered in 1781 by [[Charles Messier]], a French astronomer. However, it was only  identified as a member of the [[Virgo Cluster|Virgo Supercluster]] by [[Edwin Hubble]] in 1931.

Black Hole

In the centre of M87 lies a supermassive black hole whose force is so strong that even the local group we stay in is getting attracted towards the Virgo cluster by its powerful force and thus in one way keeping the Local Supercluster together.