[<< wikibooks] Messier Index/M86
Messier 86 (also known as M86 or NGC 4406) is a w:lenticular galaxy in the constellation Virgo. It was discovered by w:Charles Messier in w:1781. M86 lies in the heart of the Virgo Cluster of galaxies and forms a most conspicuous group with another giant, w:Lenticular Galaxy M84.  It displays the highest w:blue shift of all Messier objects, as it is approaching the w:Milky Way at 244 km/s.  This is thought to be due to its falling towards the center of the Virgo cluster, which brings it closer to us.

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SEDS Lenticular Galaxy M86

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