Galaxies & Star Clusters - Barry Wilson
Messier 86 and the Virgo Cluster

Messier 86 and the Virgo Cluster

Messier 86 (also known as M86 or NGC 4406) is an elliptical or lenticular galaxy in the constellation Virgo. It was discovered by Charles Messier in 1781. M86 lies in the heart of the Virgo Cluster of galaxies and forms a most conspicuous group with another giant, Lenticular Galaxy M84. It displays the highest blue shift of all Messier objects, as it is approaching the Milky Way at 244 km/s. This is due to its falling towards the center of the Virgo cluster from the opposite side, which causes it to move in the direction of the Milky Way.

Luminance frames only, total integration 0.5hrs, April 2015. William Optics FLT132 at F5.6 - Avalon Linear Fast Reverse - Atik 460EX - Baader LRGB filters.

M86Vurgo Cluster