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Messier 60
Messier 60
Credit: NASA, ESA

M60 (NGC 4649)

Messier 60 (NGC 4649) is an elliptical galaxy located in the constellation Virgo in the Virgo Cluster of galaxies. M60 is 56.700,000 light years away from Earth.

M60 is best viewed during late spring, is magnitude 9.8, and can be viewed with small telescope. M60 is 7.4' x 6' 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 4649
      1. Magnitude:
      2. 9.8
      1. Viewing:
      2. small telescope
      1. Size:
      2. 7.4' x 6'
      1. Distance (light years):
      2. 56.700,000 LY
      1. RA:
      2. 12h 43.7m
      1. Dec:
      2. 11 34'
      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.