Alt. Designations: NGC 4569, ARP 76
Object Type: Spiral Galaxy
Constellation: Virgo
Distance: 58.7 mly
Right Ascension: 12h 36m 50.0s
Declination: +13° 09´ 50"
Visual Magnitude: 9.5
Apparent Dimension: 9.5´ x 4.4´
Best Month To View: Apr

Also found in the constellation of Virgo is a spiral galaxy known as M90. This is one of the larger spiral galaxies in the Virgo cluster. It is located about 60 million light-years from Earth and is approaching us at a speed of 383 km/sec. Its visual appearance is that of a tightly wound spiral with smooth, bright spiral arms. It is believed that the only active star formation is taking place within the dark dust lanes near the center of the galaxy. M90 has a visual magnitude of only 9.5, making it a tough target for binocular observers. Large telescopes will provide the best viewing.