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M88

12.31.1969

M88

M88 is a spiral galaxy located in the direction of the Constellation Coma Berenices approximately 47 Million Light-Years distant. It is a member of the Virgo Cluster of galaxies on a highly elliptical orbit that will carry it toward the center of the cluster which is occupied by the giant elliptical galaxy M87 in about 200-300 million years. M88 is about 100,000 Light-Years in diameter, and is lighted by many blue star-forming regions interspersed by heavy dust lanes, and a super massive black hole at its core is about 80 million times the mass of our sun. Object: M88 Distance: 47 Million Light-years Magnitude: 10.3 Date: April 2010 Place: Fort Davis, TX Exposure Details: LRGB:710:140:170:240 unbinned Processing: MaxIm DL, CCDSharp, CCDInspector, CCDStack, Photoshop CS3 Optics: 12.5" RCOS Truss Focal Length: 2808mm @ f9 Mount: Paramount ME GEM Robotic Camera: SBIB STL6303E Focuser: RCOS Guiding: Off-Axis with the SBIG Guide Camera Filters: Tru-Balance LRGB Gen II LRGB 2"

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