Silver Needle Galaxy (NGC 4244)

Object Description

NGC 4244
NGC 4244: Galaxy in Canes Venatici; 500 mm Cassegrain 5800mm f11.4; SBIG STL11K; 80-10-10-10 min LRGB; Bernese Highlands; © 2005 Radek Chromik

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. [277] 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). [145] It belongs to the Canes Venatici I galaxy group, which also includes M 94, which is a subgroup of the Virgo galaxy cluster.

«Catalogue of Principal Galaxies (PGC)», Paturel et al. 1989 [144]
DesignationsPGC 39422: NGC 4244, UGC 7322, MCG 6-27-45, CGCG 187-35, IRAS 12150+3804
Right Ascension (J2000.0)12h 17m 29.9s
Declination (J2000.0)+37° 48' 26"
Morphological TypeS
Dimensions15.9' x 1.8'
Visual Magnitude10.7 mag
Radial Velocity (HRV)243 km/s
Position Angle48°

Finder Chart

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.

Chart Silver Needle Galaxy (NGC 4244)
Silver Needle Galaxy (NGC 4244) in constellation Canes Venatici. Chart created using SkySafari 6 Pro and STScI Digitized Sky Survey. [149, 160]

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144Catalogue of Principal Galaxies (PGC); Paturel G., Fouque P., Bottinelli L., Gouguenheim L.; Astron. Astrophys. Suppl. Ser. 80, 299 (1989); (2021-02-18)
145SIMBAD astronomical database;
149SkySafari 6 Pro, Simulation Curriculum;
160The STScI Digitized Sky Survey;
277«Historische Deep-Sky Kataloge» von Dr. Wolfgang Steinicke; (2021-02-17)