Alt. Designations: NGC 4621
Object Type: Elliptical Galaxy
Constellation: Virgo
Distance: 60 mly
Right Ascension: 12h 42m 02.2s
Declination: +11° 38´ 50"
Visual Magnitude: 9.8
Apparent Dimension: 5.4´ x 3.7´
Best Month To View: Apr

Another member of the Virgo cluster of galaxies is M59. It is an elliptical galaxy about 90,000 light-years across and is located some 60 million light-years from the Earth. This is one of the larger elliptical galaxies in the Virgo cluster. The shape of this galaxy is quite flattened in appearance. With a magnitude of only 9.6, M59 is not a very suitable target for binoculars. Even in large telescopes it is only visible as an elongated fuzzy blob.