NGC 4486, Virgo A
in the constellation Virgo
6.6 billion times the mass of the Sun
Three times the diameter of Pluto's orbit around the Sun
A Hubble Space Telescope image shows a jet of superhot gas racing away from the nucleus of M87 at 99 percent of the speed of light. The jet spans several thousand light-years. [NASA, Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)]
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