M88 - NGC 4501
DSS image of M88
Overlaid DSS image of M88, 30' x 30' with north at top and west to the right

Aladin viewer for the region around M88
h 1312, GC 3049, MCG +03-32-059, UGC 7675, PGC 41517

Type  Galaxy
Magnitude  9.5
Size  6.9' x 3.7' @ 140°
Right Ascension  12h 31' 59.3"  (2000)
Declination  14° 25' 13" N
Constellation  Coma Berenices
Description  B, vL, vmE
Classification  Sbc
Observing Notes

Andrew Cooper
Apr 16, 1999    Organ Pipe National Monument, AZ (map)
20cm f/10 SCT

Noticeably elongated on P.A. 120, core distinct, used NGC4459, NGC4476, NGC4477 and NGC4473 to confirm location, all positions correct

Rev. T.W. Webb
May 19, 1885    Hardwick, Herefordshire, England (map)
94mm f/18 Tully Achromat

Long, pale; D'A., 7'x1½'; nucl. In wonderful nebulous region. h., ray 8'x1'. E. of Rosse, spiral? Marvellous region as swept with 64; identification difficult.
― Celestial Objects for Common Telescopes, T. W. Webb, 1917

Charles Messier
Mar 18, 1781    

Nebula without star, in Virgo, between two small stars & one star of the sixth magnitude, which appear at the same time as the nebula in the field of the telescope. Its luminosity is one of the faintest, & resembles the one reported in Virgo, No. 58 [M58]."
― Connaissance des Temps, 1781
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Nearby objects for M88

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