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NGC 4453

Proper NameNone
Messier NumberNone
NGC/IC NumberNGC 4453
Right Ascension12h 28m 47s
Declination+6° 30' 43"
Distancec.513,400,000 light years
c.157,400,000 parsecs
MagnitudeApparent: +14.9
Absolute: -21.1
DiameterApparent: 0.5'
Actual: c.75,000 light years
Hubble TypeSpiral class Sc
Optimum VisibilityApril
NotesA spiral galaxy forming part of a small and compact galaxy group. Though NGC 4453 lies in the same part of the sky as the vast Virgo Cluster of galaxies, this spiral and its companions lie far beyond that cluster, and are in fact some ten times more distant from the Milky Way.

NGC 4453 and the other galaxies in its field are distant and faint objects. The apparently elongated southern spiral arm of NGC 4453 is in fact another smaller spiral galaxy on the same line of sight, designated PGC 4537402. Southward of this pair is PGC 4328329, another spiral galaxy, but one more than twice as far from the Milky Way as either of its neighbours in the sky. Imagery provided by Aladin sky atlas