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Elliptical Galaxy in Virgo

This is nice member of the Virgo galaxy cluster. Its smooth and featureless glow is typical of elliptical galaxies.

Magnitude 8.4
Apparent Size 9' x 7'
Distance (light yrs) 55 million
Right Ascension 12:29.8
Declination +8 00
Field of View 21' x 16'

Image details:  Exposure times of 15 minutes luminance and 9 minutes each of red, green, and blue, taken with an SBIG ST-8300M camera through a Meade 12” telescope at f/10.

June 2012