|Animation of a series of optical images of M 87 (NGC 4486) taken by the Hubble Space Telescope over a span of 5 years. If the object is extragalactic, its jets are travelling at 6 times the speed of light ! (courtesy John Biretta/Space Telecope Science Institute)|
In the last decade (Biretta, 1990) astronomers have been estimating the speed of various parts of the M 87 jet at ever increasing multiples of the speed of light. Since nothing can travel faster than the speed of light this object is much closer than previously estimated. M 87 is not a galaxy but a star in our own galaxy. Many quasar jets have paradoxical jet speeds; this fact is a clear indication that quasars have been misidentified as galaxies. In the context of the laser star theory, quasars are stars and these ridiculous superluminal velocities naturally disappear.