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Spiral galaxy M95

Die Spiralgalaxie M95 is in the constellation Leo (Leo).


Equatorial coordinates (epoch J2000):
Ra (α):10h44.0m, Dec (δ):+11° 42'

Visual magnitude: 9,7m
Distance from 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. 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.

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Nikolay Kurdyapin, astro-map.com  

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