Alt. Designations: NGC 4192
Object Type: Spiral Galaxy
Constellation: Coma Berenices
Distance: 54.1 mly
Right Ascension: 12h 13m 47.8s
Declination: +14° 53´ 58"
Visual Magnitude: 10.1
Apparent Dimension: 9.8´ x 2.8´
Best Month To View: Mar

M98 is a small, dim galaxy located in the constellation of Coma Berenices. It is a member of the Virgo cluster of galaxies, which contains a total of 16 galaxies from the Messier catalog. It is one of the most difficult galaxies in the cluster to observe. Some astronomers believe that this could actually be a foreground object and not actually a member of the cluster, but there is no compelling evidence to support this claim. It is located about 60 million light-years from Earth and is approaching us at a rate of 1200 km/sec. M98 is a spiral galaxy situated nearly edge-on to our line of sight. This gives it an extremely elongated shape. It is best viewed with a large telescope.