Alt. Designations: NGC 4501
Object Type: Spiral Galaxy
Constellation: Coma Berenices
Distance: 47 mly
Right Ascension: 12h 31m 59.0s
Declination: +14° 25´ 11"
Visual Magnitude: 9.5
Apparent Dimension: 6.8´ x 3.7´
Best Month To View: Mar

One of the brighter members of the Virgo cluster is the spiral galaxy, M88. Located about 60 million light-years from Earth, this galaxy is inclined approximately 30 degrees to our line of sight. This gives it an elongated visual appearance, which resembles that of the Andromeda Galaxy, M31. M88 is believed to be nearly 130,000 light-years in diameter and is receding away from us at about 2000 km/sec. This is one of the more rewarding galaxies in the Virgo cluster for observers using small instruments. A large telescope will bring out some of the more subtle details.