Hodge, Paul Department of Astronomy, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington.
Last reviewed:January 2021
- Galaxy interactions
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The nearest large cluster of galaxies and one of the best studied. It dominates the distribution of bright galaxies in the sky, forming a conspicuous clump in the distribution of easily visible elliptical and spiral galaxies. The clump lies mostly in the constellation of Virgo but also extends into neighboring constellations, especially Coma Berenices. The well-known spirals M58, M61, and M100, for example, are members of the Virgo Cluster. See also: Constellation; Universe; Virgo
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