· · · ·

Leo I Group

M96 Group

DesignationsLeo I Group, M96 Group
ConstellationLeo
Right AscensionCentred around 10h 47m 15s
DeclinationCentred around +11° 54' 17"
Distancec.36,900,000 light years
c.11,300,000 parsecs
DimensionsApparent: c. 6° x 2.3°
Actual: c. 3,900,000 x 1,500,000 light years
MembersEight major galaxies, including M95, M96 and M105; up to twenty-four members in total
Optimum VisibilityMarch
NotesA small group of galaxies within the Virgo Supercluster, containing three Messier galaxies: M95, M96 and M105. A notable feature is the Leo Ring, a vast ring of material hundreds of thousands of light years across created by an ancient collision between M96 and the elliptical galaxy NGC 3384.

Indexes

Related Entries