↑R. W. Sinnott, editor (1988), The Complete New General Catalogue and Index Catalogue of Nebulae and Star Clusters by J. L. E. Dreyer, Sky Publishing Corporation and Cambridge University Press, ISBN0-933346-51-4نگهداری یادکرد:متن اضافی:فهرست نویسندگان (link)
Charles Messier discovered Messier 58, along with the elliptical galaxiesMessier 59 and Messier 60, on April 15, 1779. M58 was reported on the chart of the Comet of 1779 as it was almost on the same parallel as the star Epsilon Virginis. Messier described M58 as a very faint nebula in Virgo which would disappear in the slightest amount of light he used to illuminate the micrometer wires. This description was later contradicted by John Herschel's observations in 1833 where he described it as a very bright galaxy, especially towards the middle. Herschel's observations were also similar to the descriptions of both John Dreyer and William Henry Smyth who said that M58 was a bright galaxy, mottled, irregularly round and very much brighter toward the middle.
Spiral Galaxy M58 taken at the Mount Lemmon SkyCenter (Tucson, AZ) using the 0.8m Schulman Telescope. Image courtesy Adam Block.
Messier 58 (aka NGC4579) imaged by the Hubble Space Telescope. The now retired WFPC2 with its signature "w" image pattern, the smaller square has the same resolution as the bigger squares but over a smaller field of view
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