Elliptical galaxy M49

M49 (NGC 4472) is by some measures the optically brightest galaxy in the Virgo cluster (about 60 million light-years away), slightly outshining M87. It lies in a subclump of the cluster about 4 degrees south of the cluster center. This pseudocolor image is from a red-light CCD frame taken with the Lowell Observatory 1.1-meter telescope (actually, it was taken to calibrate some narrow-band filters on a galaxy with no detectable H-alpha emission).

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