Alt. Designations: NGC 4552
Object Type: Elliptical Galaxy
Constellation: Virgo
Distance: 50 mly
Right Ascension: 12h 35m 39.9s
Declination: +12° 33´ 22"
Visual Magnitude: 9.8
Apparent Dimension: 3.5´ x 3.5´
Best Month To View: Apr

M89 is also a member of the incredible Virgo cluster of galaxies. This is an elliptical galaxy and is almost exactly circular in appearance. It is not known if it is actually circular in shape or if it is an elliptical in shape viewed end-on. This galaxy is unusual in that is appears to be surrounded by a type of enveloping structure which extends 150,000 light-years from the galaxy. It also features a jet-like structure that extends over 100,000 light-years. M89 is located some 60 million light-years from Earth. At a magnitude of only 9.8, it is best suited for viewing with a large telescope.