NGC 4666

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NGC 4666
NGC 4666 - Eso1036a.jpg
The superwind galaxy NGC 4666.
Credit: ESO/J. Dietrich..
Observation data (J2000 epoch)
Constellation Virgo
Right ascension 12h 42m 34.6s[1]
Declination −00° 11′ 21″[1]
Distance 80 Mly
Apparent dimensions (V) 4.5[2]
Apparent magnitude (V) 10.8[2]
Other designations
NGC 4666, 2MASSW J1245072-002740, SDSS J124508.59-002742.7, [CHM2007] LDC 904 J124508.67-0027428, 6dFGS gJ124508.6-002743, 2MASX J12450867-0027428, SINGG HIPASS J1245-00, [CHM2007] HDC 720 J124508.67-0027428, HIPASS J1245-00, MCG+00-33-008, UGC 7926, [M98c] 124235.1-001114, IRAS F12425-0011, 2MFGC 10050, UZC J124508.0-002744, [NLB95] f861g005, IRAS 12425-0011, MRC 1242-001, Z 1242.6-0010, LEDA 42975, PMN J1245-0027, Z 15-15.
See also: Galaxy, List of galaxies

NGC 4666 is a spiral galaxy in the constellation Virgo. It is noteworthy for its vigorous star formation, which creates an unusual “superwind”[3] of out-flowing gas. This wind is not visible at optical wavelengths, but is prominent in X-rays, and has been observed by the ESA XMM-Newton space telescope.[4]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b "SIMBAD Astronomical Database". Results for NGC 4666. Retrieved 2010-09-21. 
  2. ^ a b "The Interactive NGC Catalog Online". Results for NGC 4666. Retrieved 2010-09-21. 
  3. ^ The Superwind Galaxy, ESO, 1 September 2010.
  4. ^ Extra-planar Hot Gas and Magnetic Fields in the Superwind Galaxy NGC 4666, ESA, Retrieved 24 February 2011.