Deep Sky

Constellation:  Coma Bernenice
NGC 4501
A spiral galaxy and one of 15 belonging to the Virgo Cluster (number 1401 in the Virgo Cluster Catalogue.  It was discovered by or guy Messier in 1781 and is also classified as a type 2 seyfert  galaxy meaning that it produces a very narrow spectral line emission from ionized gas. 
According to astronomers, M88 may be on a highly elliptical orbit that will carry this bad boy towards the cluster and will come closest to the core sometime in about 200-300 million years.  Shame we will not be around to see that happen…..  she is a classic looker!  Here is NASA link that really brings out its beauty.

15 images stacked
15 sec ea
Date: 04-29-13