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Optical photograph of M49 (NGC 4472), an elliptical galaxy (type E1) in the constellation of Virgo. The galaxy lies some 42 million light years away and has a diameter of 50 thousand light years. It is almost spherical in shape, contains almost no gas or dust between its stars and shows no evidence of recent star formation. The photograph was taken with the four-meter Mayall telescope at Kitt Peak National Observatory in Arizona.
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