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Anne’s Image of the Day: Elliptical Galaxy Messier 49

24 Mar 2014, 14:05 UTC
Anne’s Image of the Day: Elliptical Galaxy Messier 49
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March 24, 2014 Messier 49, an elliptical galaxy in Virgo Image Credit: David W. Hogg, Michael R. Blanton, and the Sloan Digital Sky Survey Collaboration Messier 49 (also known as NGC 4472 and Arp 134) is an elliptical galaxy of some 160,000 light-years across, located about 56 million light-years away from Earth in the equatorial [continue reading]

March 24, 2014
Messier 49, an elliptical galaxy in Virgo

Image Credit: David W. Hogg, Michael R. Blanton, and the Sloan Digital Sky Survey Collaboration
Messier 49 (also known as NGC 4472 and Arp 134) is an elliptical galaxy of some 160,000 light-years across, located about 56 million light-years away from Earth in the equatorial constellation of Virgo (the Virgin), 4.1° west-southwest of the star Epsilon Virginis. It is receding from us at approximately 981 kilometers per second.
This galaxy is the most luminous member of the large Virgo Cluster of galaxies and, along with Messier 60 and Messier 87, it is one of the giant elliptical galaxies of this cluster. In fact, Messier 49 forms part of the smaller Virgo B subcluster, centered on the supergiant elliptical galaxy Messier 87. Messier 49 is gravitationally interacting with the dwarf irregular galaxy UGC 7636, ...

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