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Messier 85
Messier 85
Credit: NASA, ESA

M85 (NGC 4382)

Messier 85 (NGC 4382) is a lenticular galaxy located in the constellation Coma Berenices in the Virgo Cluster of galaxies. M85 is 60,000,000 light years away from Earth.

M85 is best viewed during late spring, is magnitude 10, and can be viewed with small telescope. M85 is 7.1' x 5.5' in apparent size. For reference, the full moon is 30' (arc minutes) in size.

      1. Name:
      1. Type:
      2. lenticular galaxy
      1. NGC or IC:
      2. NGC 4382
      1. Magnitude:
      2. 10
      1. Viewing:
      2. small telescope
      1. Size:
      2. 7.1' x 5.5'
      1. Distance (light years):
      2. 60,000,000 LY
      1. RA:
      2. 12h 25.5m
      1. Dec:
      2. 18 12'
      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.