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Messier 86 (NGC4406) Facts

Messier 86 (NGC4406) is a lenticular (s0) galaxy object of interest in space. It lies at a distance of 49,000-55,000 kly light years away in the constellation of Virgo.

It is referred to as M(86) when it was catalogued by Charles Messier in 18th - 19th Century France. It is also referred to as NGC(4406) 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 Lenticular (S0) Galaxy's location is 12:26.2 (R.A.) and +12:57 (Dec.). Its Visual (Apparent) Brightness is 10.00 Magnitude with an apparent dimension of 7.5x5.5 . The object can not be seen by the naked eye, you need a telescope to see it.

(M86,NGC3368) is a lenticular (s0) galaxy. It was discovered in 1781 by Charles Messier. It's location is RA(12:26.2), Dec(+12:57) and its distance is calculated 28.000-34.000 light years away. Its visual Brightness is 8.9. Its apparent dimensions measured in arcmins is 7.5x5.5.

Fact File


NameMessier 86 (NGC4406)
TypeLenticular (S0) Galaxy
Messier Id86
NGC Id4406
ConstellationVirgo
Right Ascension12:26.2
Declination+12:57
Distance (Lt.Yr)49,000-55,000 kly
Apparent Dimension7.5x5.5
Visual / Apparent Magnitude10.00
Naked Eye VisibleRequires a 7x50 Binoculars - Magnitudes
Year of Discovery1781
DiscovererCharles Messier


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