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Messier Catalog M87

M87 (NGC 4486) - Virgo A

Messier M87 (NGC 4486), also known as the Virgo A, is a elliptical galaxy located in the constellation Virgo in the Virgo Cluster of galaxies.

Messier M87 is best viewed during late spring, is magnitude 11.0*, and can be viewed with small telescope. It is 7' in size. For reference, the full moon is 30' (arc minutes) in size.

      1. Name:
      2. Virgo A
      1. Type:
      2. elliptical galaxy
      1. NGC:
      2. 4486
      1. Magnitude (m):
      2. 11.0
      1. Viewing:
      2. small telescope
      1. Size:
      2. 7'
      1. RA:
      2. 12h 30.9m
      1. Dec:
      2. 12 24'
      1. Season:
      2. late spring
      1. Galaxy group:
      2. Virgo Cluster

    * The naked eye can see up to magnitude 8 objects under ideal dark sky conditions.



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