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Messier 59 (NGC4621) Facts

Messier 59 (NGC4621) is an elliptical galaxy object of interest in space. It lies at a distance of 55,000-65,000 kly light years away in the constellation of Virgo.

It is referred to as M(59) when it was catalogued by Charles Messier in 18th - 19th Century France. It is also referred to as NGC(4621) in the New General Catalogue. This is a list of deep space objects that was compiled by John Louis Emil Dreyer in 1888 in an update to John Herschel earlier catalogue.

The Elliptical Galaxy's location is 12:42.0 (R.A.) and +11:39 (Dec.). Its Visual (Apparent) Brightness is 11.00 Magnitude with an apparent dimension of 5x3.5 . The object can not be seen by the naked eye from Earth, you need a telescope to see it.

(M59,NGC4621) is a elliptical galaxy. It was discovered in 1779 by Gottfried Koehler. It's location is RA(12:42.0), Dec(+11:39) and its distance is calculated 55.000-65.000 light years away. Its visual Brightness is 9.6. Its apparent dimensions measured in arcmins is 5x3.5.

Fact File

NameMessier 59 (NGC4621)
TypeElliptical Galaxy
Messier Id59
NGC Id4621
Right Ascension12:42.0
Distance (Lt.Yr)55,000-65,000 kly
Apparent Dimension5x3.5
Visual / Apparent Magnitude11.00
Naked Eye VisibleRequires a 4.5 - 6 Inch Telescope - Magnitudes
Year of Discovery1779
DiscovererGottfried Koehler
Morphological TypeE-E/S0 C

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