Nature features today “Precessing jet nozzle connecting to a spinning black hole in M87”. JIVE scientist, Junghwan Oh, co-authors

Published on 27 September 2023


Two-decade monitoring of M87 unveils a precessing jet connecting to a spinning black hole


The nearby radio galaxy M87, located 55 million light-years from the Earth and harboring a black hole 6.5 billion times more massive than the Sun, has recently been discovered to exhibit an oscillating jet. This investigation found the jet swinging up and down with an amplitude of about 10 degrees. Through the extensive analysis of data observed from 2000 to 2022 by various international networks of radio telescopes, the research team unveils a recurring 11-year cycle in the precessing motion of the jet base, as predicted by Einstein’s general relativity. This work successfully linked the dynamics of the jet with the central supermassive black hole, offering the evidence for the existence of M87’s black hole spin. The work is published in Nature on September 27th, Volume 621, 711-715 (2023).