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Spiral galaxy in Coma Berenices

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This beatuful spiral galaxy is part of the Virgo galaxy cluster. Several other smaller galaxies are scattered throughout the field. The very elongated spiral galaxy at the bottom of the image is NGC 4312.

Magnitude 9.4
Apparent Size 7' x 6'
Distance (light yrs) 55 million
Right Ascension 12:22.9
Declination +15 49
Field of View 33' x 26'

Image details:  Exposure times of 90 minutes luminance and 54 minutes each of red, green and blue, taken with an SBIG ST-8300M imager and a 12" Meade telescope at f/5.6.

May 2012