Alt. Designations: NGC 4649, ARP 116
Object Type: Elliptical Galaxy
Constellation: Virgo
Distance: 55 mly
Right Ascension: 12h 43m 39.8s
Declination: +11° 33´ 11"
Visual Magnitude: 8.8
Apparent Dimension: 7.6´ x 6.2´
Best Month To View: Apr

M60 is a large elliptical galaxy that is also located within the Virgo cluster of galaxies. It is the eastern most galaxy in the cluster. This galaxy is believed to be around 120,000 light-years in diameter. It is located about 60 million light-years from Earth. M60 is one of the brighter members of the Virgo cluster. It can be found with binoculars, but is not a very impressive sight. Telescopes will reveal the galaxies bright central core. As with most ellipticals, it will only be visible as a fuzzy blob.