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Messier 85 - Lenticular Galaxy

Messier 85 is a Lenticular Galaxy in the Coma Berenices constellation. Messier 85 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 85
Galaxy
Coma Berenices
  • Messier 85 is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]. Its current altitude is 45° above the horizon. See also rise and set times.
  • Given its visual magnitude of 9.05, Messier 85 is visible with the help of a binocular with a 60-70mm aperture or a small telescope.
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Photometric information of Messier 85

The following table lists the magnitude of Messier 85 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).

10.2
9.05
7.06
6.42
6.15

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 85.

22.87 mag/arcsec2

Apparent size of Messier 85

The following table reports Messier 85 apparent angular size. The green area displayed on top of the DSS2 image of Messier 85 is a visual representation of it.
6.95 arcmin
5.35 arcmin
12°

Digitized Sky Survey image of Messier 85

The image below is a photograph of Messier 85 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 85 - Lenticular Galaxy star
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DSS2 image of Messier 85 in the Red band. The green region on the image is a representation of the major (6.95 arcmin) and minor (5.35 arcmin) axes of the object's apparent size.

Messier 85 - Lenticular Galaxy morphological classification

Messier 85 - Lenticular Galaxy is classified as Lenticular (S0-Aa) according to the Hubble and de Vaucouleurs galaxy morphological classification. The diagram below shows a visual representation of the position of Messier 85 - Lenticular Galaxy in the Hubble de Vaucouleurs sequence.

Messier 85 - Lenticular Galaxy
Visualization of the morphological classification of Messier 85 - Lenticular Galaxy, Lenticular (S0-Aa).
Credits for the background image: Antonio Ciccolella / M. De Leo / CC BY

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of Messier 85

Celestial coordinates for the J2000 equinox of Messier 85 are provided in the following table:

12h 25m 23s
+18° 11’ 29”

The simplified sky charts below show the position of Messier 85 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 85 - Lenticular Galaxy star
Simplified finder chart for Messier 85 - Lenticular Galaxy.

Finder chart Messier 85 - Lenticular Galaxy star
Simplified finder chart for Messier 85 - Lenticular Galaxy.

Rise ans set times of Messier 85 from your location

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

Today's Messier 85 - Lenticular Galaxy rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 71.8°
Max altitude: 56.7°
Azimuth: 288.2°
Messier 85 - Lenticular Galaxy is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom