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Barred Spiral Galaxy in Virgo

This member of the Virgo galaxy cluster displays graceful spiral arms and a prominent cerntral bar. It is a little more than a degree to the west of a pair of bright elliptical galaxies, M59 and M60.

Magnitude 9.8
Apparent Size 5' x 4'
Distance (light yrs) 55 million
Right Ascension 12:37.7
Declination +11 49
Field of View 21' x 16'

Image details:  Exposure times of 10 minutes luminance and 6 minutes each of red, green, and blue, taken with an SBIG ST-8300M camera through a Meade 12” telescope at f/10.

June 2012