Anatomy of a Beast. (Credit: NASA/Chandra Observatory).
Take look at the image above. This was taken by NASA’s Chandra X-Ray observatory of the heart of the M87 galaxy in the constellation Virgo. Well known to backyard observers as one of the highlights of the Virgo galaxy cluster, M87 harbors something truly spectacular; one of the most massive black holes known. In fact, researchers American Astronomical Society meeting in Seattle Washington earlier last month upgraded to WOW factor of the M87, calculating a mass of 6.6 billion suns. [Read more...]