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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, 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
ConstellationVirgo
Right Ascension12:42.0
Declination+11:39
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


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