Alt. Designations: NGC 4486, ARP 152
Object Type: Elliptical Galaxy
Constellation: Virgo
Distance: 53.5 mly
Right Ascension: 12h 30m 49.4s
Declination: +12° 23´ 26"
Visual Magnitude: 8.6
Apparent Dimension: 8.3´ x 6.6´
Best Month To View: Apr

The constellation Virgo is the site of an elliptical galaxy known as M87. This galaxy is a member of a group of galaxies known as Markarian's Chain, which forms part of the Virgo Cluster. It is located about 60 million light-years from Earth and has a diameter of around 120,000 light-years. M87 lies within the heart of the Virgo cluster. It is well known for huge system of globular clusters that can be easily seen on long exposure photographs. This galaxy also features an unusual jet of gaseous material that extends out thousands of light-years. A supernova explosion occurred in this galaxy in 1919 but was not discovered until 1922 on photographs of the galaxy.