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C52

NGC 4697

Proper NamesNone
Caldwell NumberC52
NGC/IC NumberNGC 4697
ConstellationVirgo
Right Ascension12h 48m 36s
Declination-5° 48' 3"
Distancec.40,400,000 light years
c.12,400,000 parsecs
MagnitudeApparent: +9.3
Absolute: -21.1
DiameterApparent: 7.1'
Actual: c.83,000 light years
Hubble TypeE6 Elliptical
Optimum VisibilityApril
NotesThis elliptical galaxy forms part of its own small galaxy group, the NGC 4697 Group. The group contains several dwarf galaxies, but the only other significant member is NGC 4731, a barred spiral that lies to the southeast of C52. This small group forms an offshoot of the immense Virgo Cluster, the main body of which lies to the north.

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