Virgo A Galaxy • M87
Observers: Bill Forman, Bill Cotton, P. Cote, E. Baltz, R. Gendler
Virgo A is the largest, heaviest galaxy in the Virgo supercluster of galaxies. Our galaxy lies just inside the border of this supercluster. Bright jets moving at close to the speed of light shoot from the supermassive black hole at the center of Virgo A. Astronomers consider this galaxy a "monster", with a total mass 200 times greater than that of the Milky Way.