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Messier 87
Messier 87 Virgo A
Credit: NASA, ESA

M87 (NGC 4486) - Virgo A

Messier 87 (NGC 4486), also known as the Virgo A, is an elliptical galaxy located in the constellation Virgo in the Virgo Cluster of galaxies. M87 is 53,500,000 light years away from Earth.

M87 is best viewed during late spring, is magnitude 8.8, and can be viewed with binoculars. M87 is 7.2' x 6.8' in apparent size. For reference, the full moon is 30' (arc minutes) in size.

      1. Name:
      2. Virgo A
      1. Type:
      2. elliptical galaxy
      1. NGC or IC:
      2. NGC 4486
      1. Magnitude:
      2. 8.8
      1. Viewing:
      2. binoculars
      1. Size:
      2. 7.2' x 6.8'
      1. Distance (light years):
      2. 53,500,000 LY
      1. RA:
      2. 12h 30.9m
      1. Dec:
      2. 12 24'
      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.