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Astr110 Photography Projects, Spring 2009

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M88, Meredith Donnelly


M88 is one of eight galaxies discovered by Charles Messier on March 18, 1781. It is located inside the constellation Coma Berenices. M88 was described by Messier as a "nebula without stars,"and "one of the faintest" objects. M88 is one of the brighter spiral galaxies in the Virgo Cluster of Galaxies.

M88 has a very bright center, expanding outward. There are also two bright stars towards the lower left corner of the galaxy. Its angular size is about 7 x 4 minutes, with a ring of glowing colored light. It is located about 60 million light years from Earth, and from which we calculate nearly 130,000 light-years in diameter.


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Right Ascension (J2000) '12 31 51.90'
Declination (J2000) '+14 25 17.0'
Filters used blue(B), green(V), red(R), and clear(C)
Exposure time per filter 5x60 seconds in B, V, R, C
Date observed

March 29, 2009 (B, V, R, C)