NGC 2976

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NGC 2976
NGC2976 3.6 5.8 8.0 microns spitzer.png
Observation data
Constellation Ursa Major
Right ascension 09h 47m 15.4s[1]
Declination +67° 54′ 59″[1]
Redshift 3 ± 5 km/s[1]
Distance 11.6 ± 1.2 Mly (3.56 ± 0.38 Mpc)[2][3]
Apparent magnitude (V) 10.8[1]
Type SAc pec[1]
Apparent size (V) 5′.9 × 2′.7[1]
Other designations
H I.285, UGC 5221,[1] PGC 28120[1]
See also: Galaxy, List of galaxies
The outer regions of NGC 2976.

NGC 2976, located 1° 20′ southwest of M81, is an unbarred spiral galaxy, part of the M81 group.[4] The inner structure contains many dark lanes and stellar condensations in its disk. The galaxy is sometimes classified as Sdp because its spiral arms are difficult to be traced. The bright inner part of this disk appears to have a defined edge. These distortions are results from the gravitational interactions with its neighbors.

NGC 2976 was discovered by William Herschel on November 8, 1801, and catalogued as H I.285.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "NASA/IPAC Extragalactic Database". Results for NGC 2976. Retrieved 2006-11-25.
  2. ^ I. D. Karachentsev; V. E. Karachentseva; W. K. Hutchmeier; D. I. Makarov (2004). "A Catalog of Neighboring Galaxies". Astronomical Journal. 127 (4): 2031–2068. Bibcode:2004AJ....127.2031K. doi:10.1086/382905.
  3. ^ Karachentsev, I. D.; Kashibadze, O. G. (2006). "Masses of the local group and of the M81 group estimated from distortions in the local velocity field". Astrophysics. 49 (1): 3–18. Bibcode:2006Ap.....49....3K. doi:10.1007/s10511-006-0002-6.
  4. ^ "NGC 2976 from Students for the Exploration and Development of Space".