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M86 NGC4406
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M86, NGC4406

January 26, 2005
M86 is a lenticular galaxy of type S0 in the constellation Virgo (although there are those who classify it as an elliptical: a similar debate occurs over M84). Lenticulars are mostly smooth and featureless, like elliptical galaxies, but have a significant amount of dust and often some disk-like component, similar to the disk of a spiral galaxy without the arms. This image was taken at the KPNO 0.9-meter telescope in December 1996, and shows the inner regions of the galaxy.

The Virgo cluster also includes Messier galaxies M49, M58, M59, M60, M61, M84, M85, M87, M88, M89, M90, M91, M98, M99, and M100.