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NGC 3953

Proper NameNone
Caldwell NumberNone
NGC/IC NumberNGC 3953
ConstellationUrsa Major
Right Ascension11h 53m 49s
Declination+52° 19' 36"
Distancec.40,700,000 light years
c.12,500,000 parsecs
MagnitudeApparent: +9.62
Absolute: -20.86
DiameterApparent: 6.1'
Actual: 72,600 light years
Hubble TypeSB(r)bc barred spiral with ring structure
Optimum VisibilityMarch / April (Usually visible from northern latitudes)
NotesA spiral galaxy possessing a relatively small central bar, NGC 3953 is part of the extensive Ursa Major Cluster of galaxies. Estimates of its distance vary considerably, with some analyses suggesting a rather greater distance than that shown above, up to as much as sixty-five million light years from the Milky Way.

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