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NGC 4552

Proper NameNone
Messier NumberM89
NGC/IC NumberNGC 4552
Right Ascension12h 35m 40s
Declination+12° 33' 23"
Distancec.50,000,000 light years
c.15,300,000 parsecs
MagnitudeApparent: +9.7
Absolute: -21.3
DiameterApparent: 8.1'
Actual: 121,000 light years
Hubble TypeE0 Elliptical
Optimum VisibilityApril
NotesThis prominent elliptical galaxy lies at the heart of the Virgo Cluster. It appears to be unusually close to being spherical for a galaxy of its type. At the core of the galaxy is a supermassive black hole, and evidence exists that this object has been highly active in the past.

Imagery provided by Aladin sky atlas

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


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