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Markarian's Chain

Markarian's Chain is a stretch of galaxies that lie along a curved line near the heart of the Virgo Cluster. It includes Messier galaxies M84 and M86, and also includes NGC 4477, NGC 4473, NGC 4461, NGC 4458, NGC 4438 and NGC 4435. In the bottom left is Virgo A (Messier 87), the supergiant elliptical galaxy that lies at the centre of the Virgo Cluster.