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Messier 59
Messier 59
Credit: NASA, ESA

M59 (NGC 4621)

Messier 59 (NGC 4621) is an elliptical galaxy located in the constellation Virgo in the Virgo Cluster of galaxies. M59 is 50,100,000 light years away from Earth.

M59 is best viewed during late spring, is magnitude 10.6, and can be viewed with small telescope. M59 is 5.4' x 3.7' 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 4621
      1. Magnitude:
      2. 10.6
      1. Viewing:
      2. small telescope
      1. Size:
      2. 5.4' x 3.7'
      1. Distance (light years):
      2. 50,100,000 LY
      1. RA:
      2. 12h 42.1m
      1. Dec:
      2. 11 39'
      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.