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Messier 58 - Spiral Galaxy

Messier 58 is a Spiral Galaxy in the Virgo constellation. Messier 58 is situated close to the celestial equator and, as such, it is at least partly visible from both hemispheres in certain times of the year.

Messier 58
Galaxy
Virgo
  • Messier 58 is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]. Its current altitude is 50° above the horizon. See also rise and set times.
  • Given its visual magnitude of 9.66, Messier 58 is visible with the help of a binocular with a 80mm aperture or a small telescope.
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Photometric information of Messier 58

The following table lists the magnitude of Messier 58 in different bands of the electomagnetic spectrum (when available), from the B band (445nm wavelength, corresponding to the Blue color), to the V band ( 551nm wavelength, corresponding to Green/Yellow color), to the J, H, K bands (corresponding to 1220nm, 1630nm, 2190nm wavelengths respectively, which are colors not visible to the human eye).

10.48
9.66
7.37
6.71
6.49

For more information about photometry in astronomy, check the photometric system article on Wikipedia.

The surface brightess reported below is an indication of the brightness per unit of angular area of Messier 58.

22.49 mag/arcsec2

Apparent size of Messier 58

The following table reports Messier 58 apparent angular size. The green area displayed on top of the DSS2 image of Messier 58 is a visual representation of it.
5.01 arcmin
3.84 arcmin
90°

Digitized Sky Survey image of Messier 58

The image below is a photograph of Messier 58 from the Digitized Sky Survey 2 (DSS2 - see the credits section) taken in the red channel. The area of sky represented in the image is 0.5x0.5 degrees (30x30 arcmins).

Image of Messier 58 - Spiral Galaxy star
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DSS2 image of Messier 58 in the Red band. The green region on the image is a representation of the major (5.01 arcmin) and minor (3.84 arcmin) axes of the object's apparent size.

Messier 58 - Spiral Galaxy morphological classification

Messier 58 - Spiral Galaxy is classified as Spiral (SAb) according to the Hubble and de Vaucouleurs galaxy morphological classification. The diagram below shows a visual representation of the position of Messier 58 - Spiral Galaxy in the Hubble de Vaucouleurs sequence.

Messier 58 - Spiral Galaxy
Visualization of the morphological classification of Messier 58 - Spiral Galaxy, Spiral (SAb).
Credits for the background image: Antonio Ciccolella / M. De Leo / CC BY

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of Messier 58

Celestial coordinates for the J2000 equinox of Messier 58 are provided in the following table:

12h 37m 44s
+11° 49’ 05”

The simplified sky charts below show the position of Messier 58 in the sky. The first chart has a field of view of 60° while the second one has a field of view of 10°.

Finder chart Messier 58 - Spiral Galaxy star
Simplified finder chart for Messier 58 - Spiral Galaxy.

Finder chart Messier 58 - Spiral Galaxy star
Simplified finder chart for Messier 58 - Spiral Galaxy.

Rise ans set times of Messier 58 from your location

Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
Latitude: 51° 28’ 47” N
Longitude: 0° 00’ 00” E
Timezone: Europe/London

Today's Messier 58 - Spiral Galaxy rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 78.2°
Max altitude: 50.3°
Azimuth: 281.8°
Messier 58 - Spiral Galaxy is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom