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Messier 87 (NGC4486)

Messier 87 (NGC4486) is an elliptical galaxy object of interest in space. It lies at a distance of 51,870-55,130 kly 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 also 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.

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 . The object can not be seen by the naked eye, you need a telescope to see it.

(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.

Fact File

NameMessier 87 (NGC4486)
TypeElliptical Galaxy
Messier Id87
NGC Id4486
Right Ascension12:30.8
Distance (Lt.Yr)51,870-55,130 kly
Visual Brightness8.6
Apparent Dimension7.0
Apparent Magnitude10
Naked Eye VisibleRequires a 7x50 Binoculars - Magnitudes
Year of Discovery1781
DiscovererCharles Messier
CoprightAnglo-Australian Observatory

Messier 87 (NGC4486) Elliptical Galaxy in Virgo

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