Messier 60 (M 60)

Introduction | Map | My Own Photos | My Own Observations | References

On this page I collect my observations of the elliptical galaxy M 60 in the constellation Virgo. Near M 60, I also found the two galaxies NGC 4647 and NGC 4638 plus, very faintly, the galaxy NGC 4637. With the right placement of the objects, I was able to add M 59 and IC 809 to this list.

 

Introduction

The elliptical galaxy M 60 in the constellation Virgo is located at a distance of about 0.5° from galaxy M 59 - too far to see both simultaneously in the eVscope. Instead, the two galaxies NGC 4647 (spiral) and NGC 4638 (elliptical) can be found close to M 60 in the eVscope - and very faintly even the galaxy NGC 4637.

M 60      NGC 4647      NGC 4638      NGC 4637
Size: 2'   (Stoyan)
Distance: 60 million light years (Stoyan)
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  Size: 1' (Stoyan)
Distance: 60 million light years (Stoyan)
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  Size: 2.2' × 1.4'  (Wikipedia)
Distance: 49 million light years (Wikipedia)
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  Size: 1.2' × 0.5'  (Wikipedia)
Distance: ?? million light years (Wikipedia)
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M 59   IC 809        
Size: 1.5' x 1.0'   (Stoyan)
Distance: 60 million light years
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  Size: 1' x 0.9' (SkySafari)
Distance: million light years (SkySafari)
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Map

Overview of the Virgo galaxy cluster, M 60 in constellation Virgo is locatecd horizontally in the middle und vertically in the lower half (Image Courtesy of SkySafari Astronomy, www.simulationcurriculum.com)

The elliptical galaxy M 60 in constellation Virgo (Image Courtesy of SkySafari Astronomy, www.simulationcurriculum.com)

Elliptical galaxy M 60 in constellation Virgo with satellite NGC 4647 (spiral galaxy) and neighbors NGC 4638 (elliptical galaxy) and NGC 4637; you can also see the elliptical galaxy M 59 as well as galaxy IC 809 (Image Courtesy of SkySafari Astronomy, www.simulationcurriculum.com)

Detail: Elliptical galaxy M 60 in constellation Virgo with satellite NGC 4647 (spiral galaxy) and neighbor NGC 4638 (elliptical galaxy); on the bottom left of NGC 4638 is the smaller galaxy NGC 4637. (Image Courtesy of SkySafari Astronomy, www.simulationcurriculum.com)

 

My Own Photos

eVscope

           

M 60 (+ NGC 4647) - Mar 24, 2020

 

M 60 (+ NGC 4647) - Mar 24, 2020, processed

   
         

M 60 (+ NGC 4647; NGC 4638/37 to the right) - Mar 24, 2020

 

M 60 (+ NGC 4647; NGC 4638/37 to the right) - Mar 24, 2020, processed

 

M 60 (+ NGC 4647 marked; NGC 4637/38 to the right, marked) - Mar 24, 2020, processed

         

M 60 (+ NGC 4647; NGC 4638/37 to the right) - Apr 22, 2020

 

M 60 (+ NGC 4647; NGC 4638/37 to the right) - Apr 22, 2020, processed

 

M 60 (+ NGC 4647 marked; NGC 4637/38 to the right, marked) - Apr 22, 2020, processed

      

M 60 - May 31, 2021 (left); together with satellite NGC 4647 (left), NGC 4637/38 (bottom, NGC 4637 can only be guessed), IC 809 (right), and M 59 (bottom right)

 

M 59 - May 31, 2021 (right), photo left processed (Polarr)

 

Ditto, evaluation with nova.astrometry.net

 

My Own Observations

Observations March/April 2020

Observations May 2021

 

References

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