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Messier 86
Messier 86
Credit: NASA, ESA

M86 (NGC 4406)

Messier 86 (NGC 4406) is a lenticular galaxy located in the constellation Virgo in the Virgo Cluster of galaxies. M86 is 52,000,000 light years away from Earth.

M86 is best viewed during late spring, is magnitude 9.8, and can be viewed with small telescope. M86 is 9' x 6' 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 4406
      1. Magnitude:
      2. 9.8
      1. Viewing:
      2. small telescope
      1. Size:
      2. 9' x 6'
      1. Distance (light years):
      2. 52,000,000 LY
      1. RA:
      2. 12h 26.3m
      1. Dec:
      2. 12 57'
      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.