Mike's Astro Photos
May.03 2010


by , under Galaxies

Here’s a wide field shot of the galaxy  M88, one of 15 Messier galaxies in Virgo’s cluster of galaxies. Approximately 47 million miles away from Earth, M88 is a spiral galaxy with a highly elliptical orbit. This orbit will lead M88 to the core of the galaxy cluster in another 200-300 million years. There are several other galaxies visible in this picture, including M91 at the top center of the picture.

Messier 88 - April 14th, 2010

Messier 88 - April 14th, 2010

Here’s a crop of the galaxy at full resolution

Galaxy M88 - April 14th, 2010

Galaxy M88 - April 14th, 2010

Photo Details
William Optics FLT98 / Celestron CGEM Mount
Canon 20Da DSLR Camera
30 minute exposure 19×2 minute
ISO 800
STV Autoguider
No moon, clear

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