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Messier 61 (M61, NGC4303)

Messier 61 is a spiral galaxy object of interest in space. It lies at a distance of 50.2-54.6 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 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. Messier 61 was discovered in 1779 by Barnabus Oriani. The Spiral Galaxy's location is 12:21.9 (R.A.) and +04:28 (Dec.). Its Visual Brightness is a 9.7 Magnitude and has an apparent magnitude of 10 with an apparent dimension of 6x5.5 .

(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
TypeSpiral Galaxy
Messier Id61
NGC Id4303
TypeSpiral Galaxy
Right Ascension12:21.9
Distance (Lt.Yr)50.2-54.6
Visual Brightness9.7
Apparent Dimension6x5.5
Apparent Magnitude10
Year of Discovery1779
DiscovererBarnabus Oriani