The astronomer Heber Curtis discovered in 1918 that the M87 emitted spectacular plasma jets when he observed a "strange straight beam" that extended from its center and launched from a disk of material that moved very quickly around the hole supermassive black. It turns out that this jet is out of visible light frequencies and can only be seen with spectroscopy, according to NASA.
The brightest jet, located to the right of the center of the galaxy, travels almost straight to the ground, and its brightness is amplified by its high speed approaching the speed of light, which is observable from the spectral image, while another jet moves away very quickly, invisible at wavelengths of them all of them. But the shock wave that he left in interstellar space (a physical space in the galaxy not occupied by stars or planetary systems) still exists.
Scientists have been able to study the physics of these jets by combining observation observations using infrared, radio waves, visible light, X-rays and gamma rays, but are still trying to understand the mechanism of drawing gas in the black hole to produce plasma.
The Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, manages the NASA Spitzer Space Telescope mission in Washington, which captured the most visible image of the M87, based on infrared radiation. .