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Messier 49
Messier 49
Credit: NASA, ESA

M49 (NGC 4472)

Messier 49 (NGC 4472) is an elliptical galaxy located in the constellation Virgo in the Virgo Cluster of galaxies. M49 is 56,000,000 light years away from Earth.

M49 is best viewed during late spring, is magnitude 9.4, and can be viewed with binoculars. M49 is 10' x 8' in apparent size. For reference, the full moon is 30' (arc minutes) in size.

      1. Name:
      1. Type:
      2. elliptical galaxy
      1. NGC or IC:
      2. NGC 4472
      1. Magnitude:
      2. 9.4
      1. Viewing:
      2. binoculars
      1. Size:
      2. 10' x 8'
      1. Distance (light years):
      2. 56,000,000 LY
      1. RA:
      2. 12h 29.8m
      1. Dec:
      2. 8 1'
      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.