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A magnitude 17.5(?) galaxy (type S?) in Virgo (RA 11 49 07.8, Dec -06 00 57)
Physical Information: Based on a recessional velocity of 39980 km/sec, a straightforward calculation indicates that PGC 115500 is about 1860 million light years away. However, for objects at such distances we should take into account the expansion of the Universe during the time it took their light to reach us. Doing that shows that the galaxy was about 1595 to 1600 million light years away at the time the light by which we see it was emitted, about 1700 million years ago (the difference between the two numbers being due to the expansion of the intervening space during the light-travel time). Given that and its apparent size of about 0.15 by 0.1 arcmin, the galaxy is about 70 thousand light years across.
Above, a 12 arcmin wide DSS image centered on PGC 115500
Below, a 0.6 arcmin wide DSS image of the galaxy