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.
RCOS 14.5″ f/8
LRGB 560:140:140:120 min.
ROSA Remote Observatories Southern Alps
© Martin Rusterholz, Astrophotographer
Finder Chart LBN M88 (NGC 4501) in Coma Berenices
Image created by Skychart
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