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Spiral galaxy M58

Spiral galaxy M58 is in the constellation Virgo (Vir).

M58

Equatorial coordinates (epoch J2000):
Ra 12h 37.7m, Dec +11° 49'

Visual magnitude: 9,6m
Distance to the galaxy M58 to the Sun is 62,5*106 light years
Angular size: 6'×5'
Class: SBb
External dimensions the galaxy M58 are about 107000 light years.
Estimated weight the galaxy: 300x109 suns

Discoverer: Charles Messier, 15.04.1779 year.

The designation M58 in other catalogs: NGC 4579

Optimum magnification for a telescope with observations of M58, depending on the aperture of the telescope (D), is about D/6-D/3. Higher magnifications of course add details, but lead to a strong drop in the brightness of the image, making it difficult to observe.
The best month for observing M58 is May.
For observers in the northern latitudes: the night sky in May is no longer very dark, so try also to observe M58 in April.
Of course, in April the object is at midnight not at its highest point, which provides the least exposure and atmospheric distortion. But, the darkness of the April sky greatly increases the contrast. The farther south the location of your observation is located, the darker the summer sky will be.



Nikolay Kurdyapin, astro-map.com  
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