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Astr110 Photography Projects, Spring 2009

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M88, Meredith Donnelly

M88

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.

References:
<http://www.maa.clell.de/Messier/E/m088.html>.

Absolute Astronomy

<http://www.absoluteastronomy.com/messier_objects/m88.htm>.

 

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)