Alt. Designations: NGC 4579
Object Type: Barred Spiral Galaxy
Constellation: Virgo
Distance: 68 mly
Right Ascension: 12h 37m 43.7s
Declination: +11° 49´ 06"
Visual Magnitude: 9.8
Apparent Dimension: 6.0´ x 4.8´
Best Month To View: Apr

The Virgo constellation is home to a small galaxy known as M58. This galaxy is classified as a barred spiral due to its elongated shape. It is one of four such objects in the Messier catalog. M58 is one of the brightest members of a cluster of galaxies known as the Virgo cluster. Its distance from Earth is around 60 million light-years. As with most distant galaxies, it requires a large telescope and excellent observing conditions to show any detail. An 8-inch or larger scope will reveal the galaxy's barred shape as well as a hint of its spiral arms.