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Messier 88 (NGC4501) Facts

Messier 88 (NGC4501) is a spiral galaxy object of interest in space. It lies at a distance of 39,000-56,000 kly light years away in the constellation of Coma Berenices.

It is referred to as M(88) when it was catalogued by Charles Messier in 18th - 19th Century France. It is also referred to as NGC(4501) 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 12:32.0 (R.A.) and +14:25 (Dec.). Its Visual (Apparent) Brightness is 10.00 Magnitude with an apparent dimension of 7x4 . The object can not be seen by the naked eye, you need a telescope to see it.

(M88,NGC4501) is a spiral galaxy. It was discovered in 1781 by Charles Messier. It's location is RA(12:32.0), Dec(+14:25) and its distance is calculated 39.000-56.000 light years away. Its visual Brightness is 9.6. Its apparent dimensions measured in arcmins is 7x4.

Fact File

NameMessier 88 (NGC4501)
TypeSpiral Galaxy
Messier Id88
NGC Id4501
ConstellationComa Berenices
Right Ascension12:32.0
Distance (Lt.Yr)39,000-56,000 kly
Apparent Dimension7x4
Visual / Apparent Magnitude10.00
Naked Eye VisibleRequires a 7x50 Binoculars - Magnitudes
Year of Discovery1781
DiscovererCharles Messier

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