Deep Sky
M84
Constellation: Virgo
NGC 4374
Galaxy
This is a different type cat. Known as an elliptical or lenticular galaxy, it is smack dab in the thick of the Virgo cluster.  According to the Hubble Space Telescope, M84 has two jets of matter shooting out from the heart of this guy, along with some very rapidly rotating star and gas that indicate a supermassive black hole in its center.  A lot like our Milky Way, this galaxy has few young stars so it is a more ‘mature’ galaxy. 
This bad boy was discovered by Messier in 1781.  Astronomers think this galaxy is some 60,000 light-years away from us.  at 60k, the folks in the know say it is 94th furthest  Messier object from earth.  –if that doesn’t keep you up at night, nothing will…….
15 images stacked
15 sec ea
Date: 04-29-13