Spiral galaxy in Coma Berenices

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Though it is across the constellation border in Coma Berenices, Messier 98 is a member of the Virgo galaxy cluster. A peculiar feature of this galaxy is that its dimmer, outer arms seem to be oriented at a different plane than the brighter inner arms. Below Messier 98 is a distant spiral galaxy, NGC 4816, of magnitude 13.8.

Magnitude 10.1
Apparent Size 10' x 3'
Distance (light yrs) 55 million
Right Ascension 12:13.8
Declination +14 54
Field of View 35' x 27'

Image details:  Exposure times of 30 minutes luminance and 18 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