Alt. Designations: NGC 4472, ARP 134
Object Type: Elliptical Galaxy
Constellation: Virgo
Distance: 60 mly
Right Ascension: 12h 29m 46.7s
Declination: +08° 00´ 00"
Visual Magnitude: 8.4
Apparent Dimension: 10.2´ x 8.3´
Best Month To View: Apr

M49 is a small elliptical galaxy located in the constellation Virgo. It was the first member of the Virgo cluster of galaxies discovered by Messier in 1771. At a magnitude of 8.4, it is also the brightest of these galaxies. M49 is believed to be about 160,000 light-years in diameter, and is located approximately 60 million light-years from us. It will be visible as a faint point of light with binoculars. Large telescopes will reveal the fuzzy, nebulous nature of this object, as well as its bright center.