Virgo Constellation

virgo cluster of galaxies,virgo galaxy cluster,virgo-coma cluster

Virgo Cluster

  • by

The Virgo Cluster is the closest large cluster of galaxies to the Milky Way. With over a thousand known members, the cluster spans an area of the sky about 5 by 3 degrees in size. While some of the most prominent members can be seen in smaller instruments, a 6-inch telescope will reveal about 160 galaxies in this region on a clear night.
Read More »Virgo Cluster

markarian's chain, markarian's galaxy chain

Markarian’s Chain

  • by

Messier galaxies M84 and M86 are part of Markarian’s Chain, a striking stretch of galaxies that lie along a curved line near the heart of the Virgo Cluster. The string of galaxies – which also includes NGC 4477, NGC 4473, NGC 4461, NGC 4458, NGC 4438 and NGC 4435 – occupies more than a full degree on the border between Virgo and Coma Berenices and can be seen in an 8-inch reflector on a clear, dark night.
Read More »Markarian’s Chain

ngc 4569,m90,m90 galaxy

Messier 90

  • by

Messier 90 (M90) is a spiral galaxy located in the constellation Virgo. It is a member of the Virgo Cluster. M90 lies at a distance of 58.7 million light years from Earth and has an apparent magnitude of 10.26. Its designation in the New General Catalogue is NGC 4569.
Read More »Messier 90

m89,ngc 4552,m89 galaxy

Messier 89

  • by

Messier 89 (M89) is an elliptical galaxy located in the Virgo Cluster, in the constellation Virgo. The galaxy lies at an approximate distance of 50 million light years and has an apparent magnitude of 10.73. Its designation in the New General Catalogue is NGC 4552.
Read More »Messier 89

virgo a,m87,ngc 4486,smoking gun

Messier 87: Virgo A

  • by

Messier 87 (M87), also known as Virgo A or the Smoking Gun, is a supergiant elliptical galaxy located in the core of the Virgo Cluster, in the southern constellation Virgo. The galaxy has an apparent magnitude of 9.59 and lies at a distance of 53.5 million light years from Earth. It has the designation NGC 4486 in the New General Catalogue.
Read More »Messier 87: Virgo A

m86,m86 galaxy,ngc 4406

Messier 86

  • by

Messier 86 (M86) is an elliptical or lenticular galaxy located in the Virgo Cluster, in the southern constellation Virgo. The galaxy lies at a distance of 52 million light years from Earth and has an apparent magnitude of 9.8. Its designation in the New General Catalogue is NGC 4406.
Read More »Messier 86

m84,m84 galaxy,ngc 4374

Messier 84

  • by

Messier 84 (M84) is an elliptical or lenticular galaxy located in the inner region of the Virgo Cluster, in the constellation Virgo. The galaxy lies at an approximate distance of 60 million light years from Earth and has an apparent magnitude of 10.1. It has the designation NGC 4374 in the New General Catalogue.
Read More »Messier 84

m61,spiral galaxy in virgo,ngc 4303

Messier 61

  • by

Messier 61 (M61) is a barred spiral galaxy located in the southern constellation Virgo. M61 can be found in the southern portion of the Virgo Cluster. It occupies an area of 6 arc minutes, corresponding to a spatial diameter of about 100,000 light years.

The galaxy has an apparent magnitude of 10.18 and lies at a distance of 52.5 million light years from Earth. It has the designation NGC 4303 in the New General Catalogue. The best time of year to observe M61 is during the spring.
Read More »Messier 61

m60,arp 116,ngc 4647

Messier 60

  • by

Messier 60 (M60) is a giant elliptical galaxy located in the constellation Virgo. The galaxy has an apparent magnitude of 9.8 and lies at an approximate distance of 55 million light years from Earth. It has the designation NGC 4649 in the New General Catalogue.
Read More »Messier 60