Credits: Ole Nielsen

Messier 49 (also known as M49 or NGC 4472) is an elliptical galaxy located about 56 million light-years away in the equatorial constellation of Virgo. This galaxy was discovered by French astronomer Charles Messier on February 16, 1777.
The galaxy has an apparent magnitude of 9.4 and lies at a distance of 55.9 million light years from Earth.

Facts about M49 by Keith Turnecliff

The best time of year to observe the galaxy is during the month of March.

This star chart represents the view from Long Itchington for mid March at 10pm.
Credits: Image courtesy of Starry Night Pro Plus 8, researched and implemented by Keith Turnecliff.