Markarian's Chain is a curving line of galaxies in the Virgo Cluster. It has a remarkable appearance in a large telescope or in photographs. I think it resembles a line of UFOs swooping in to attack! At least seven of the galaxies are moving in unison. The two bright galaxies at the end of the chain are Messier objects, the elliptical galaxies M86 and M84

Markarian's Chain

Category: Astrophotography