Messier 87 (M 87)

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On this page I collect my observations of the galaxy M 87 in the constellation Virgo.



According to Karkoschka, the galaxy M 87 in the constellation Virgo is the central galaxy of the Virgo A cluster and has a brighter core, which I, however, was not able to see.

Size: 4' (Karkoschka)
Distance: 55,000,000 light years (Karkoschka)
Rating: n.a. (Karkoschka)



The galaxy M 87 in the constellation Virgo (in the Virgo galaxy cluster) plus the galaxy M 49 (further downr)



The sketch by Michael Vlasov ( provides a rough impression of what I observed (my impression was much fainter than the sketch): Markarian's Chain, M87 in Virgo Cluster (Messier 87) by Michael Vlasov (Copyright © Michael Vlasov 2016)

Note: I only have the author's permission to link to the sketch.


My Own Observations

I approached M 87 in Mühlhausen / Kraichgau in mid-May 2017 with the Sky-Watcher Explorer 150PDS on the GoTo mount.



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