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Messier 88
Messier 88
Credit: NASA, ESA

M88 (NGC 4501)

Messier 88 (NGC 4501) is a spiral galaxy located in the constellation Coma Berenices in the Virgo Cluster of galaxies. M88 is 47,000,000 light years away from Earth.

M88 is best viewed during late spring, is magnitude 10.4, and can be viewed with small telescope. M88 is 7' x 3.7' 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 4501
      1. Magnitude:
      2. 10.4
      1. Viewing:
      2. small telescope
      1. Size:
      2. 7' x 3.7'
      1. Distance (light years):
      2. 47,000,000 LY
      1. RA:
      2. 12h 32.1m
      1. Dec:
      2. 14 26'
      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.