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Messier 99 (M99, NGC4254)

Messier 99 is a spiral galaxy object of interest in space. It lies at a distance of 44.700-55.700 light years away in the constellation of Coma Berenices. It is referred to as M(99) when it was catalogued by Charles Messier in 18th - 19th Century France. It is referred to as NGC(4254) 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 99 was discovered in 1781 by Pierre Mechain. The Spiral Galaxy's location is 12:18.8 (R.A.) and +14:25 (Dec.). Its Visual Brightness is a 9.9 Magnitude and has an apparent magnitude of 10 with an apparent dimension of 5.4x4.8 .

(M99,NGC4254) is a spiral galaxy. It was discovered in 1781 by Pierre Mechain. It's location is RA(12:18.8), Dec(+14:25) and its distance is calculated 44.700-55.700 light years away. Its visual Brightness is 9.9. Its apparent dimensions measured in arcmins is 5.4x4.8.

Fact File

NameMessier 99
TypeSpiral Galaxy
Messier Id99
NGC Id4254
ConstellationComa Berenices
TypeSpiral Galaxy
Right Ascension12:18.8
Distance (Lt.Yr)44.700-55.700
Visual Brightness9.9
Apparent Dimension5.4x4.8
Apparent Magnitude10
Year of Discovery1781
DiscovererPierre Mechain