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Explore the Virgo cluster

April 2013: The northern part of the Maiden’s constellation is home to hundreds of galaxies.
RELATED TOPICS: OBSERVING | VIRGO
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Last month, we star-hopped around the constellation Leo and explored some of the Lion’s most prominent galaxies. This time, we test our galaxy-hunting skills with a plunge into the heart of the Virgo galaxy cluster, some 55 million light-years away. If you consult a star atlas, you’ll see that this part of the sky contains an insane number of galaxies — hundreds of them! How can we possibly find our way through this galactic clutter?

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