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Spiral galaxy M95

Spiral galaxy M95 is in the constellation Leo (Leo).

M95

Equatorial coordinates (epoch J2000):
Ra 10h 44.0m, Dec +11° 42'

Visual magnitude: 9,7m
Distance to the galaxy M95 to the Sun is 32,6*106 light years
Angular size: 7'×5'
Class: SBb
External dimensions the galaxy M95 are about 70000 light years.
Estimated weight the galaxy: 50x109 suns

Discoverer: Pierre François André Méchain, 20.03.1781 year.

The designation M95 in other catalogs: NGC 3351

Optimum magnification for a telescope with observations of M95, 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 M95 is April.



Nikolay Kurdyapin, astro-map.com  
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