Silver Needle Galaxy (NGC 4244)
The galaxy NGC 4244 was discovered on 17 March 1787 by the German-British astronomer Friedrich Wilhelm (William) Herschel with his 18.7 inch reflecting telescope.  This is a spiral galaxy, which we are looking at directly on the edge. It is at a distance of about 3.1 to 5.7 Mpc (10 to 18 million light years).  It belongs to the Canes Venatici I galaxy group, which also includes M 94, which is a subgroup of the Virgo galaxy cluster.
|Right Ascension (J2000.0)||12h 17m 29.9s|
|Declination (J2000.0)||+37° 48' 28"|
|Diameter||16.6 × 1.9 arcmin|
|Photographic (blue) magnitude||10.9 mag|
|Visual magnitude||10.4 mag|
|Surface brightness||14.0 mag·arcmin-2|
|Distance derived from z||3.44 Mpc|
|Metric Distance||4.630 Mpc|
|Dreyer Description||pB, vL, eE 43°, vgbM|
|Identification, Remarks||UGC 7322, MCG 6-27-45, CGCG 187-35, FGC 1402, IRAS 12150+3804|
The galaxy NGC 4244 is located in the constellation Canes Venatici. The best time to view this circumpolar constellation is February to July, when it is highest at night.