Three more galaxies are best seen this evening and two belong in the constellation of Virgo. M49 and M87 are both elliptical galaxies and therefore lack the familiar spiral arms that many people associate with galaxies. M87 is a strong source of radiation which is thought to originate from a super-massive black hole at its center.
Both galaxies are comparatively faint and require a telescope to locate them.
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Photographs taken by the author using Slooh.
Mars leaves Pisces and enters Aries. (99% illuminated, magnitude 1.4, diameter 4.0”. Evening sky.)
The elliptical galaxies M49 and M87, the Virgo A Galaxy, both culminate at midnight tonight (M49: magnitude 9.4. M87: magnitude 9.6. Virgo, all night.)
The spiral galaxy M88 culminates at midnight tonight (Magnitude 10.4. Coma Berenices, all night.)
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