NGC 4387, NGC 4388, and NGC 4402

Introduction | Map | My Own Photos | My Own Observations | References

On this page I collect my observations of the elliptical galaxy NGC 4387, the spiral galaxy NGC 4388, and of the spiral galaxy NGC 4402 in the constellation Virgo.

 

Introduction

The elliptical galaxy NGC 4387 in the constellation Virgo is fairly small for the eVscope. So why did I observe it? Actually, it is the nose of the "Great Galactic Face", which is formed by the larger galaxies M 84 and M 86 (the eyes) and the small galaxies NGC 4387 and NGC 4388 in constellation Virgo. Accessing NGC 4387 shows the GGF optimally in the eVscope. The photos also show the spiral galaxy NGC 4402 on top of the face.

By the way, accessing NGC 4387 also positionsM 84 and M 86 together optimally, not only the Great Galactic Face.

NGC 4387      NGC 4388      NGC 4402
Size: 1.6' x 0.9'   (SkySafari)
Distance: 58 million light years (SkySafari)
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  Size: 5.4' x 1.3'   (SkySafari)
Distance: 57 million light years (SkySafari)
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  Size: 3.5' x 1.0'   (SkySafari)
Distance: 40 million light years   (SkySafari)
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Map

The elliptical galaxy NGC 4387 in the constellation Virgo (Image Courtesy of SkySafari Astronomy, www.simulationcurriculum.com)

The galaxies M 84 and M 86 (right) and the small galaxies NGC 4402 (selected, spiral galaxy) and NGC 4387 (red dot, elliptical galaxy) in constellation Virgo (in the Virgo galaxy cluster) (Image Courtesy of SkySafari Astronomy, www.simulationcurriculum.com)

The galaxies M 84 and M 86 and the small galaxies NGC 4387 (selected) and NGC 4388 in constellation Virgo (in the Virgo galaxy cluster) form the "great galactic face" (which obviously is only known to the Stellarium application). (Created with Stellarium)

 

My Own Photos

eVscope

         

NGC 4387 - Mar 7, 2021 (NGC 4402 top left, NGC 4388 bottom right)

 

NGC 4387 - Mar 7, 2021 (NGC 4402 top left, NGC 4388 bottom right)

 

NGC 4387 - Mar 7, 2021 (NGC 4402 top left, NGC 4388 bottom right)

         

NGC 4387 - Mar 7, 2021, photo on top processed

 

NGC 4387 - Mar 7, 2021, photo on top processed

 

NGC 4387 - Mar 7, 2021, photo on top processed

         

NGC 4387 - Mar 8, 2021 (NGC 4402 top left, NGC 4388 bottom right)

 

NGC 4387 - Mar 8, 2021 (NGC 4402 top left, NGC 4388 bottom right)

 

NGC 4387 - Mar 8, 2021 (NGC 4402 top left, NGC 4388 bottom right)

         

NGC 4387 - Mar 8, 2021, photo on top processed

 

NGC 4387 - Mar 8, 2021, photo on top processed

 

NGC 4387 - Mar 8, 2021, photo on top processed

 

My Own Observations

Observations March 2021

 

References

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