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NGC 4261

Proper NameNone
Messier NumberNone
NGC/IC NumberNGC 4261
Right Ascension12h 19m 23s
Declination+5° 49' 30"
Distancec.95,900,000 light years
c.29,400,000 parsecs
MagnitudeApparent: +10.2
Absolute: -22.3
Mean DiameterApparent: 4.2'
Actual: 128,000 light years
Hubble TypeE-E/S0 Elliptical/Lenticular
Optimum VisibilityApril

NGC 4261 in Virgo lies within a rich field of galaxies, and is surrounded by its own small galaxy group, the NGC 4261 group. To the east (left) of NGC 4261 is the more distant lenticular galaxy NGC 4264, while to the direct south is a much smaller elliptical galaxy, PGC 39660. Imagery provided by Aladin sky atlas


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