M89 Region in Virgo
M89 (Messier 89, also known as NGC 4552) is an elliptical galaxy in the constellation Virgo. It was discovered by Charles Messier on March 18, 1781. M89 is a member of the Virgo Cluster of galaxies and can be found upper right of the center of this image.
The galaxy features a surrounding structure of gas and dust, extending up to 150,000 light-years and jets of heated particles up to two-thirds of that. This indicates that it may have once been an active quasar or radio galaxy. M89 has an extensive and complex system of surrounding shells and plumes, indicating that has seen one or several notable mergers.
Beside of M89, five additional Messier galaxies can be found in this widefield image: M58, M59, M60, M87 and M90 (see skychart below). The image covers a field of 3.5° x 2.5° just beside of the Markarian’s Chain.
[description from wikipedia]
Finder Chart M89 Region in Virgo
Image created by Skychart
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