M87 - NGC 4486
DSS image of M87
Overlaid DSS image of M87, 30' x 30' with north at top and west to the right

Aladin viewer for the region around M87
Virgo A
h 1301, GC 3035, 3C 274, MCG +02-32-105, Arp 152, UGC 7654, PGC 41361, SDSS J123049.41+122328.1

Type  Galaxy
Magnitude  8.6
Size  8.3' x 6.6' @ 170°
Right Ascension  12h 30' 49.4"  (2000)
Declination  12° 23' 28" N
Constellation  Virgo
Description  vB, vL, R, mbM, 3 of 3
Classification  E+0-1 pec
Observing Notes

Andrew Cooper
Jun 17, 2020    Waikoloa, HI (map)
28cm f/10 SCT, NexStar 11" GyPSy @ 127x

Bright, large, round, brighter to the center without an obvious core, NGC4478 visible 9' southwest

Andrew Cooper
Apr 18, 1999    Organ Pipe National Monument, AZ (map)
20cm f/10 SCT

Round, obviously brighter than M84 or M86, obvious core, stopped back by on 18 Apr 99 00:52 to complete the drawing and add NGC4476 and NGC4478 that had disappeared in the haze

Charles Messier
Mar 18, 1781    

Nebula without star, in Virgo, below & very near a star of eighth magnitude, the star having the same Right Ascension as the nebula, & its Declination was 13d 42' 21"" north. This nebula appears at the same luminosity as the two nebulæ Nos. 84 and 86 [M84 and M86]."
― Connaissance des Temps, 1781
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