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Messier 61
Messier 61
Credit: NASA, ESA

M61 (NGC 4303)

Messier 61 (NGC 4303) is a spiral galaxy located in the constellation Virgo in the Virgo Cluster of galaxies. M61 is 52,500,000 light years away from Earth.

M61 is best viewed during late spring, is magnitude 10.2, and can be viewed with small telescope. M61 is 6.5' x 5.8' in apparent size. For reference, the full moon is 30' (arc minutes) in size.

      1. Name:
      1. Type:
      2. spiral galaxy
      1. NGC or IC:
      2. NGC 4303
      1. Magnitude:
      2. 10.2
      1. Viewing:
      2. small telescope
      1. Size:
      2. 6.5' x 5.8'
      1. Distance (light years):
      2. 52,500,000 LY
      1. RA:
      2. 12h 22.0m
      1. Dec:
      2. 4 29'
      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.