Hemisphere:  Northern  ·  Contains:  M 85  ·  NGC 4382  ·  NGC 4394
M85: A super-shell  galaxy interacting with it´s companions..., 


            Antonio F. Sánchez
M85: A super-shell  galaxy interacting with it´s companions...
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Imaging telescopes or lenses: ASA N12 astrograph

Imaging cameras: FLI ML8300

Mounts: ASA DDM85 S-XL

Software: ASA Autoslew, Sequence...

Filters: Optec 50mm B  ·  Optec 50mm G  ·  Optec 50mm R  ·  Optec 50mm L

Accessory: FLI CFW-2-7 50mm round 7 position filter wheel

Dates:April 27, 2014April 29, 2014April 30, 2014May 2, 2014

Optec 50mm B: 21x600" -25C bin 1x1
Optec 50mm G: 15x600" -25C bin 1x1
Optec 50mm L: 40x900" -25C bin 1x1
Optec 50mm R: 19x600" -25C bin 1x1

Integration: 19.2 hours

Avg. Moon age: 8.10 days

Avg. Moon phase: 4.15%

Bortle Dark-Sky Scale: 2.00

Basic astrometry details

Astrometry.net job: 275369

RA center: 12h 25' 24"

DEC center: +18° 11' 34"

Pixel scale: 1.288 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 179.956 degrees

Field radius: 0.566 degrees

Resolution: 620x455


Messier 85 (also known as M85 or NGC 4382 or PGC 40515 or ISD 0135852) is a lenticular galaxy, or elliptical galaxy for other authors, in the Coma Berenices constellation. It is 60 million light years away, and it is estimated to be 125,000 light years across.

It was discovered by Pierre Méchain in 1781. It is the northernmost outlier of the Virgo cluster.

It's extremely poor in neutral hydrogen and has a very complex outer structure with shells and ripples that are thought to have been caused by a merger with another galaxy that took place between 4 and 7 billion years ago, as well as a relatively young (<3 billion years old) stellar population on its centermost region, some of it in a ring, that may have been created by a late starburst.

Actually the characteristics of M85 black hole it´s debated in astronomical forums.[1]

The type I supernova, 1960R was discovered in M85 on December 20, 1960 and reached an apparent magnitude of 11.7.

This galaxy has also been the host of the first luminous red nova identified as such, M85 OT2006-1. It was discovered on January 7 of 2006 and took place on the outskirts of this galaxy.

M85 is interacting with the nearby spiral galaxy NGC 4394, and a small elliptical galaxy called MCG 3-32-38.

References: Wikipedia



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M85: A super-shell  galaxy interacting with it´s companions..., 


            Antonio F. Sánchez