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Messier 89 - Elliptical Galaxy

Messier 89 is a Elliptical Galaxy in the Virgo constellation. Messier 89 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 89
Galaxy
Virgo
  • Messier 89 is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]. Its current altitude is 51° above the horizon. See also rise and set times.
  • Given its visual magnitude of 9.75, Messier 89 is visible with the help of a binocular with a 80mm aperture or a small telescope.
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Photometric information of Messier 89

The following table lists the magnitude of Messier 89 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).

10.73
9.75
7.62
6.94
6.73

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 89.

24.11 mag/arcsec2

Apparent size of Messier 89

The following table reports Messier 89 apparent angular size. The green area displayed on top of the DSS2 image of Messier 89 is a visual representation of it.
8.13 arcmin
8 arcmin
150°

Digitized Sky Survey image of Messier 89

The image below is a photograph of Messier 89 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 89 - Elliptical Galaxy star
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DSS2 image of Messier 89 in the Red band. The green region on the image is a representation of the major (8.13 arcmin) and minor (8 arcmin) axes of the object's apparent size.

Messier 89 - Elliptical Galaxy morphological classification

Messier 89 - Elliptical Galaxy is classified as Elliptical (E) according to the Hubble and de Vaucouleurs galaxy morphological classification. The diagram below shows a visual representation of the position of Messier 89 - Elliptical Galaxy in the Hubble de Vaucouleurs sequence.

Messier 89 - Elliptical Galaxy
Visualization of the morphological classification of Messier 89 - Elliptical Galaxy, Elliptical (E).
Credits for the background image: Antonio Ciccolella / M. De Leo / CC BY

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of Messier 89

Celestial coordinates for the J2000 equinox of Messier 89 are provided in the following table:

12h 35m 39s
+12° 33’ 22”

The simplified sky charts below show the position of Messier 89 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 89 - Elliptical Galaxy star
Simplified finder chart for Messier 89 - Elliptical Galaxy.

Finder chart Messier 89 - Elliptical Galaxy star
Simplified finder chart for Messier 89 - Elliptical Galaxy.

Rise ans set times of Messier 89 from your location

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

Today's Messier 89 - Elliptical Galaxy rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 77.4°
Max altitude: 51.1°
Azimuth: 282.6°
Messier 89 - Elliptical Galaxy is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom