|Object Type||Galaxy SBb|
|Size||10.0' x 3.0'|
M98 is a bright spiral galaxy in Virgo that is a member of the huge Virgo cluster of galaxies. Easily visible as a elongated patch in an 8" telescope, M98 displays little structure apart from a brighter centre.
As is typical for the Virgo region, there are numerous galaxies close by. Several are visible in the above image. To the lower right of M98 are 3 in a line. The largest and brightest is at the left end of the line. This is the 15.6 magnitude PGC 39002. At the other end of the line is the 17.2 magnitude PGC 38989. The middle galaxy is the 17.4 magnitude PGC 1467279. The small, bright galaxy near the bottom of the image is the 14.6 magnitude, NGC 4186.