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Spiral galaxy M99

Spiral galaxy M99 is in the constellation Coma Berenices (Com).

M99

Equatorial coordinates (epoch J2000):
Ra 12h 18.8m, Dec +14° 25'

Visual magnitude: 9,9m
Distance to the galaxy M99 to the Sun is 52,7*106 light years
Angular size: 5'×5'
Class: Sa
External dimensions the galaxy M99 are about 83000 light years.
Estimated weight the galaxy: 100x109 suns
The mass of the central object (black hole): 100x106 suns

Discoverer: Pierre François André Méchain, 15.03.1781 year.

The designation M99 in other catalogs: NGC 4254

Optimum magnification for a telescope with observations of M99, 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 M99 is May.
For observers in the northern latitudes: the night sky in May is no longer very dark, so try also to observe M99 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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