Messier 89 and 90   HOME INDEX BACK NEXT

Galaxies in Virgo

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Messier 90 is the large spiral galaxy on the left, and Messier 89 is the elliptical galaxy (almost round) in the upper right. North is to the left in this image, and Messier 90 is approximately 2/3 degree to the north-north-east of Messier 89.

Messier 89:

Magnitude 9.8
Apparent Size 4'
Distance (light yrs) 55 million
Right Ascension 12:35.7
Declination +12 33
Field of View 50' x 33'

Messier 90:

Magnitude 9.5
Apparent Size 10' x 5'
Distance (light yrs) 55 million
Right Ascension 12:36.8
Declination +13 10

Image details:  A mosaic of 2 images. Left half: Exposure times of 18 minutes each of luminance, red, green and blue. Right half: Exposure times of 12 minutes luminance and 6 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