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Galaxies in Virgo

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Messier 59 and Messier 60 are two elliptical galaxies that are part of the Virgo galaxy cluster. Messier 59, on the right, is clearly more oblong. Messier 60 is the large elliptical galaxy on the left, with the spiral galaxy NGC 4647 appearing to touch it from our viewpoint. Below and between the two elliptical galaxies is an edge-on spiral galaxy, NGC 4638. Other dim galaxies are visible in this image as well.

Messier 59:

Magnitude 9.8
Apparent Size 5' x 3'
Distance (light yrs) 55 million
Right Ascension 12:42.0
Declination +11 39
Field of View 35' x 27'

Messier 60:

Magnitude 8.8
Apparent Size 7' x 6'
Distance (light yrs) 55 million
Right Ascension 12:43.7
Declination +11 33

Image details:  Exposure times of 15 minutes luminance and 9 minutes each of red, green and blue, taken with an SBIG ST-8300M imager and a 12" Meade telescope at f/5.6.

April 2012