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Messier 58
Messier 58
Credit: NASA, ESA

M58 (NGC 4579)

Messier 58 (NGC 4579) is a barred spiral galaxy located in the constellation Virgo in the Virgo Cluster of galaxies. M58 is 62,000,000 light years away from Earth.

M58 is best viewed during late spring, is magnitude 10.5, and can be viewed with small telescope. M58 is 6.1' x 4.7' in apparent size. For reference, the full moon is 30' (arc minutes) in size.

      1. Name:
      1. Type:
      2. barred spiral galaxy
      1. NGC or IC:
      2. NGC 4579
      1. Magnitude:
      2. 10.5
      1. Viewing:
      2. small telescope
      1. Size:
      2. 6.1' x 4.7'
      1. Distance (light years):
      2. 62,000,000 LY
      1. RA:
      2. 12h 37.8m
      1. Dec:
      2. 11 50'
      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.