Alt. Designations: NGC 4254
Object Type: Spiral Galaxy
Constellation: Coma Berenices
Distance: 50.2 mly
Right Ascension: 12h 18m 49.3s
Declination: +14° 25´ 03"
Visual Magnitude: 9.8
Apparent Dimension: 5.3´ x 4.6´
Best Month To View: Mar

Another Virgo cluster member in Coma Berenices is a spiral galaxy known as M99. It is unusual in appearance in that its shape is very asymmetric. It is believed that this asymmetric shape is the result of a recent encounter of another member of the Virgo cluster. It is located about 60 million light-years from Earth and is receding from us at an unusually high rate of 2324 km/sec. Three supernovae have been observed in this galaxy. One was seen in 1967 while two other occurred in 1972 and 1986. With a magnitude of only 9.8, this galaxy may be a difficult find for the binocular observer. Large telescopes will provide the best views.