M60 (NGC 4649)

Type Location r.a. dec. Size Magnitude Distance
Galaxy Virgo 12h43.4 +11°33' 7.2' 9 55 Mly

Messier 60 (also known as NGC 4649) is an elliptical galaxy approximately 55 million light-years away in the constellation Virgo. It is part of a pair of galaxies known as Arp 116 with NGC 4647 (North-West). These galaxies may slightly interact, according to recent HST studies.

Notice the very distant galaxy at bottom right which is an edge-on spiral.


M60, NGC 4649

Detail (sampling = .9"/pixel):

M60 detail

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Date Telescope Binning Exp Time (s) Special processing Notes
Apr 22, 2004 Centurion
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