Messier 58 (also known as M58 and NGC 4579) is a w:barred spiral galaxy located approximately 68 million w:light-years away in the w:constellation Virgo. It was discovered by w:Charles Messier in w:1779.[4] M58 is one of the brightest[5] galaxies in the w:Virgo Cluster. Two w:supernovae, w:SN 1988A and w:SN 1989M, have been observed in M58.[2]

Messier 58
An w:infrared image of M58 taken by the w:Spitzer Space Telescope (SST).
Credit: SST/w:NASA/w:JPL.
Observation data (w:J2000 epoch)
Right ascension12h 37m 43.5s[2]
Declination+11° 49′ 05″[2]
Redshift1519 ± 6 km/s[2]
Distance68 Mly[3]
Apparent dimensions (V)5′.9 × 4′.7[2]
Apparent magnitude (V)+10.5[2]
Other designations
NGC 4579, UGC 7796, PGC 42168, VCC 1727[2]

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  1. R. W. Sinnott, editor (1988). The Complete New General Catalogue and Index Catalogue of Nebulae and Star Clusters by J. L. E. Dreyer. Sky Publishing Corporation and Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-933-34651-4. {{cite book}}: |author= has generic name (help)
  2. a b c d e f g h "NASA/IPAC Extragalactic Database". Results for NGC 4579. Retrieved 2006-10-05.
  3. G. Gavazzi, A. Boselli, M. Scodeggio, D. Pierini and E. Belsole (1999). "The 3D structure of the Virgo cluster from H-band Fundamental Plane and Tully-Fisher distance determinations". Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. 304: 595–610. doi:10.1046/j.1365-8711.1999.02350.x.{{cite journal}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  4. Burnham, Robert Jr (1978). Burnham's Celestial Handbook: Volume Three, Pavo Through Vulpecula. Dover. pp. 2086–2088. ISBN 0-486-23673-0.
  5. "Messier Object 58". Archived from the original on 1996-12-25. Retrieved 2006-11-18.