Waid Observatory

Object: M98
Date: May 1-3, 2019  -   Location: Dark Sky Observatoy. Davis Mountains, TX
Telescope: 10 in. RC   Mount: Paramount MX   Camera: Apogee Alta U8300M
Exposure: L = 300 min.   R,G, and B = 60 min. each)
Guided using Innovations Foresight ONAG
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M 98, also designated as NGC 4192, is an intermediate spiral galaxy.  It is a member of the Virgo Cluster of galaxies and lies in the constellation Coma Berenices at an approximate distance of 44.4 million light-years from the Earth.  The galaxy is highly inclined to our line of sight an appears almost edge on.  The galaxy contains an estimated 85 million solar masses of dust along with approximately 4.3 billion solar masses of neutral hydrogen.  The spiral arms of the galaxy appear somewhat distorted. This could be the result of a close encounter with nearby M99 some 750 million years ago.


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