I had to use a vacation day from work so I could stay out all night, but it was worth it!
By now, everyone has probably seen the iconic image of M87's supermassive black hole, first published in April of 2019.
It was created after years of data gathering and processing by the scientists of the Event Horizon Telescope collaboration.
First image of a black hole, using Event Horizon Telescope
observations of the center of galaxy M87. Credit: Event Horizon
But what does this have to do with me as an amature astronomer?
It turns out that M87's black hole is causing a relativistic jet of matter to be emitted from the center of the galaxy.
Under good conditions, such as those last night, this jet is visible with modest equipment like mine.
This was captured with my ZWO ASI294MC imager mounted in place of the eyepiece of my 10 inch SkyWatcher Dob.
|M87 and jet, labeled.|
Here is the area of M87, magnified.
|M87 with jet|