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Markarian's Chain

Markarian's Chain
Markarian's Chain is a spectacular arc of galaxies in the central region of the Virgo Cluster. The Chain starts with the two bright elliptical galaxies M84 (NGC 4374, at R.A. 12h 25m, Dec. +12 53' and M86 (NGC 4406) and curves away to the northeast, taking in NGC 4435, NGC 4438, NGC 4458, NGC 4461, NGC 4473, and NGC 4477. There is no compelling evidence that any of the systems in the Chain are interacting.

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