This composite image combines radio observations (blue) with the new X-ray data from Chandra (red). Bright arcs and dark cavities surround a central jet in the multimillion-degree Celsius atmosphere of M87. Faint rings become visible much farther out, at a distance of about 50,000 light-years from the galaxy's center, and two spectacular plumes extend beyond them. These features — shown in X rays — together with VLA radio observations, are dramatic evidence that repetitive outbursts from the central supermassive black hole have been affecting the entire galaxy for a hundred million years or more. The image is 8.6' across.
NASA/CXC & NRAO/VLA