Alt. Designations: NGC 3379
Object Type: Elliptical Galaxy
Constellation: Leo
Distance: 38 mly
Right Ascension: 10h 47m 49.5s
Declination: +12° 34´ 52"
Visual Magnitude: 9.3
Apparent Dimension: 5.3´ x 4.8´
Best Month To View: Feb

M105 is the brightest member of a group of galaxies in the constellation of Leo known as the M96 group. It is an elliptical galaxy located about 38 million light-years from Earth. This object was discovered by Pierre Mechain in 1781. It was found 3 days earlier than M101 but was not included in the original publication of Messier's catalog. With a visual magnitude of only 9.3, this galaxy is best observed in a 4-inch or larger telescope