M85 and NGC4394

Messier 85 (larger, to the right) is a lenticular galaxy located in Coma Berenices constellation. Some scientists still believe it is rather elliptical galaxy. It is located about 60 million light years away. M85 has quite complex (though faint) outer structure with shells and ripples. This structure is believed to be the outcome of merging with another galaxy, that took place long time ago.

Smaller galaxy is NGC4394 barred spiral galaxy located about 40 million light years away – so the proximity between these two galaxies is only apparent. But still these two galaxies are part of Virgo Cluster.

M85 & NGC4394

Large version: https://astrojolo.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/M85L_DBE_Lfin.jpg

Clear skies!

Image technical data:

Date: 30,31.03.2019
Location: Nieborowice, Poland
Telescope: Meade ACF 10"
Corrector: AP CCDT67
Camera: QHY163M, gain 100
Mount: SW EQ6
Guiding: SW 80/400 + ASI290MM
Exposure: L 360x60 seconds
Conditions: suburban sky, seeing moderate, transparency good

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