M88 (NGC 4501) in Coma Berenices

M88, dis­covered by Charles Messi­er in 1791, is a 9.6 mag bright mem­ber of the Virgo Cluster of galax­ies with an appar­ent size of 6.8 x 3.7 arc min. With an estim­ated dis­tance of 60 mil­lion light years, the galaxys real dia­met­er is about 130’000 light years.

The object in the upper right corner is the irreg­u­lar galaxy IC 3476 and the bright galaxy in the lower right corner is NGC 4516 with a bright­ness of 13.3 mag.

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RCOS 14.5″ f/​8
ASA DDM85
Apo­gee U16M
Astro­don Gen2
LRGB 560:140:140:120 min.
ROSA Remote Obser­vat­or­ies South­ern Alps
© Mar­tin Ruster­holz, Astrophotographer

Find­er Chart LBN M88 (NGC 4501) in Coma Berenices

M88 Galaxy Sky Chart Astrophotography Martin Rusterholz

Image cre­ated by Skychart

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