||M90 is one of the few large spiral galaxies in the Virgo Cluster. This
galaxy seems similar to M64 in that the outer
arms are very smooth and devoid of star formation. In fact, there are few
bright pink HII regions which might indicate any star birth in this galaxy.
At a distance of 60 million light years away it is not alone and appearently
disturbing its neighbor (on the left, bottom image) IC 3583. Astronomers have measured
the velocity of this galaxy and have found that it is actually moving
towards us! M90 has enough velocity to escape from the gravitational bonds
of the Virgo Cluster of galaxies.
(bottom (old) image)
Meade 16in LX200 telescope operating at f/6.3 and f/10 (notes below)
SBIG ST8E CCD camera with color filter wheel
|L R G B color production was used to create this image.||
Minimum credit line: Paul and Daniel Koblas/Adam Block/NOAO/AURA/NSF
Bob Rickert/Adam Block/NOAO/AURA/NSF (bottom image)
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