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Messier 61 (NGC4303) Facts

Messier 61 (NGC4303) is a spiral galaxy object of interest in space. It lies at a distance of 50,200-54,800 kly light years away in the constellation of Virgo.

It is referred to as M(61) when it was catalogued by Charles Messier in 18th - 19th Century France. It is also referred to as NGC(4303) 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 Spiral Galaxy's location is 12:21.9 (R.A.) and +04:28 (Dec.). Its Visual (Apparent) Brightness is 10.00 Magnitude with an apparent dimension of 6x5.5 . The object can not be seen by the naked eye, you need a telescope to see it.

(M61,NGC4303) is a spiral galaxy. It was discovered in 1779 by Barnabus Oriani. It's location is RA(12:21.9), Dec(+04:28) and its distance is calculated 50.2-54.6 light years away. Its visual Brightness is 9.7. Its apparent dimensions measured in arcmins is 6x5.5.

Fact File


NameMessier 61 (NGC4303)
TypeSpiral Galaxy
Messier Id61
NGC Id4303
ConstellationVirgo
Right Ascension12:21.9
Declination+04:28
Distance (Lt.Yr)50,200-54,800 kly
Apparent Dimension6x5.5
Visual / Apparent Magnitude10.00
Naked Eye VisibleRequires a 7x50 Binoculars - Magnitudes
Year of Discovery1779
DiscovererBarnabus Oriani


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