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Elliptical galaxy M59

Elliptical galaxy M59 is in the constellation Virgo (Vir).


Equatorial coordinates (epoch J2000):
Ra (α):12h42.0m, Dec (δ):+11° 39'

Visual magnitude: 9,6m
Distance from the galaxy M59 to the Sun is 48,3*106 light years
Angular size: 5'×4'
Class: E3
External dimensions the galaxy M59 are about 76000 light years.
The mass of the central object (black hole): 300x106 suns

Discoverer: Johann Gottfried Koehler, 11.04.1779 year.

The designation M59 in other catalogs: NGC 4621

Optimum magnification for a telescope with observations of M59, 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 M59 is May. At this time, the object is at midnight near its highest point in the sky, that is, it is less affected by light from the lanterns and atmospheric distortions.

For observers in the northern latitudes:the night sky in May is no longer very dark, so try also to observe M59 in April.
Of course, in April the object is at midnight not at its highest point, whichprovides 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.

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