Virgo Cluster

At a faint 9.0 the Virgo cluster is the closest (major) galaxy cluster about 60 million light years away. It contains about 1000 galaxies but surprisingly compact at only 10 million light years across. It is just a tad bit larger than the local group (the cluster we are in and part of your cosmic address). The cluster mostly consists of spiral and elliptical galaxies. We believe since the cluster is so spherical it came together quite recently. It is in the constellation Virgo/Coma Berenices.


Source Giles Sparrow

Source NOAO.edu

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