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Messier 99
Messier 99
Credit: NASA, ESA

M99 (NGC 4254)

Messier 99 (NGC 4254) is a spiral galaxy located in the constellation Coma Berenices in the Virgo Cluster of galaxies. M99 is 45,200,000 light years away from Earth.

M99 is best viewed during early spring, is magnitude 10.5, and can be viewed with small telescope. M99 is 5.4' x 4.7' 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 4254
      1. Magnitude:
      2. 10.5
      1. Viewing:
      2. small telescope
      1. Size:
      2. 5.4' x 4.7'
      1. Distance (light years):
      2. 45,200,000 LY
      1. RA:
      2. 12h 18.9m
      1. Dec:
      2. 14 26'
      1. Season:
      2. early spring
      1. Galaxy group:
      2. Virgo Cluster

    * The naked eye can see up to magnitude 8 objects under ideal dark sky conditions.