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Contains:  IC 3727, IC 3720, NGC 4660, M 60, NGC 4649, NGC 4647, NGC 4637, NGC 4638, M 59, NGC 4621
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Messier 60, Arp 116, 


            Steven Hanaway
Messier 60, Arp 116

Messier 60, Arp 116

Technical card

Resolution: 4124x2802

Dates:Jan. 30, 2018

Frames: 32x120"

Integration: 1.1 hours

Avg. Moon age: 13.54 days

Avg. Moon phase: 98.31% job: 1940249

RA center: 12h 43' 39"

DEC center: +11° 33' 18"

Pixel scale: 1.215 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 271.753 degrees

Field radius: 0.842


Good morning everyone! Today's image is an elliptical galaxy known as Messier 60. Messier 60 can be found in the constellation Virgo about 55 million light years away from Earth. This galaxy seems to have just recently started interacting with what was previously thought to be only a visual companion galaxy, catalgoued as NGC 4647. The two galaxies actually overlap, though not much gravitational interaction and disturbance seems to have occurred between the two galaxies. The two galaxies together are also catalgued as a peculiar galaxy/ galaxy pair, ARP 116. Messier 60 has an active galactic nuclei, and contains a super massive black hole approximately 4.5 billion solar masses, making it one of the largest known super massive black holes. I hope you like today's image, be sure to check back tomorrow for a new one. Clear Skies!



Steven Hanaway
License: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs Creative Commons

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Messier 60, Arp 116, 


            Steven Hanaway