Markarian Chain

Markarian chain of galaxies
Markarian's Chain in Virgo

In the 1960's Bejamin Markarian noticed a string of galaxies, from M86 going up and to the left, that appear to be moving in the same direction. They are in the Virgo cluster, which is dominated by M87.

  • 81mm William Optics GT81 telescope
  • SBIG STF-8300EN CCD
  • 120 x 60 seconds luminance
  • 3164px x 2362px
  • April 2022