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Messier 87 (M87, NGC4486)


Messier 87 is an elliptical galaxy object of interest in space. It lies at a distance of 51.870-55.130 light years away in the constellation of Virgo. It is referred to as M(87) when it was catalogued by Charles Messier in 18th - 19th Century France. It is referred to as NGC(4486) 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 87 was discovered in 1781 by Charles Messier. The Elliptical Galaxy's location is 12:30.8 (R.A.) and +12:24 (Dec.). Its Visual Brightness is a 8.6 Magnitude and has an apparent magnitude of 10 with an apparent dimension of 7.0 .

(M87,NGC4486) is a elliptical galaxy. It was discovered in 1781 by Charles Messier. It's location is RA(12:30.8), Dec(+12:24) and its distance is calculated 51.870-55.130 light years away. Its visual Brightness is 8.6. Its apparent dimensions measured in arcmins is 7.0.

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NameMessier 87
TypeElliptical Galaxy
Messier Id87
NGC Id4486
ConstellationVirgo
TypeElliptical Galaxy
Right Ascension12:30.8
Declination+12:24
Distance (Lt.Yr)51.870-55.130
Visual Brightness8.6
Apparent Dimension7.0
Apparent Magnitude10
Year of Discovery1781
DiscovererCharles Messier
CoprightAnglo-Australian Observatory
Messier 87 (M87, NGC4486) Elliptical Galaxy in Virgo