What is a giant black hole and its galaxy like?

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Messier 87 (M87), is an elliptical galaxy about 55 million light-years from Earth. At its center is a black hole with a mass 6.5 billion times that of our fellow sun. This black hole was the first to be imaged by the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) project, which three years ago released a portrait of the black hole’s shadow and a glowing disk of matter being gravitationally pulled toward the center of the black hole.

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