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M89

NGC 4552

A galaxy of elliptical, and perhaps even spherical, form. It lies about sixty million light years from our own Milky Way Galaxy, in the Virgo Cluster of galaxies.

Image of M89 in Virgo

M89, a galaxy in the Virgo Cluster, has many curious features. Not only is it surrounded by a thin, spherical 'envelope' of matter, but it also has a tail-like 'tendril' that may represent a smaller galaxy coalescing with the main mass.

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