• Constellation: Virgo
  • Right Ascension: 12h 21m 54.9s
  • Declination: +04° 28′ 25″
  • Distance: 52 million ly

Messier 61 is a barred spiral galaxy located in Virgo, and part of the Virgo galaxy cluster. M61 is roughly the same size as our galaxy and is classified as a starburst galaxy that is undergoing a high rate of star formation. On May 6, supernova 2020jfo was discovered in the galaxy making it one of seven that has happened in this galaxy that has been observed this century.

  • Telescope: Explore Scientific 127 Refractor
  • Camera: ZWO 1600 MM