NGC 3310

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NGC 3310
NGC 3310.jpg
NGC 3310, as taken by Hubble Space Telescope
Observation data (J2000 epoch)
ConstellationUrsa Major
Right ascension10h 38m 45.857s[1]
Declination+53° 30′ 11.89″[1]
Distance34.8 Mly (10.66 Mpc)[2]
Apparent magnitude (V)11.2[3]
TypeSAB(r)bc pec[3] or SAcd[2]
Apparent size (V)3′.1 × 2′.4[3]
Other designations
UGC 5786, PGC 31650, Arp 217, VV 356, VV 406[3]

NGC 3310 is a grand design spiral galaxy in the constellation Ursa Major. It is a starburst galaxy and it is likely that NGC 3310 collided with one of its satellite galaxies about 100 million years ago, triggering widespread star formation. It is thought to be located approximately 46 million light-years away from the Earth, and is thought to be about 22,000 light-years wide.

The ring clusters of NGC 3310 have been undergoing starburst activity for at least the last 40 million years.[4]

Two supernovae have been discovered in NGC 3310. SN 1991N was spotted March 29, 1991 at an offset of 5 east and 7′ south of the galactic nucleus.[5] A second supernova, SN 2021gmj (mag.15.1, type II) was discovered March 2021.[6]


  1. ^ a b Skrutskie, Michael F.; et al. (February 1, 2006). "The Two Micron All Sky Survey (2MASS)". The Astronomical Journal. 131: 1163–1183. Bibcode:2006AJ....131.1163S. doi:10.1086/498708. ISSN 0004-6256.
  2. ^ a b c Ann, H. B.; et al. (2015), "A Catalog of Visually Classified Galaxies in the Local (z ∼ 0.01) Universe", The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series, 217 (2): 27–49, arXiv:1502.03545, Bibcode:2015ApJS..217...27A, doi:10.1088/0067-0049/217/2/27, S2CID 119253507.
  3. ^ a b c d "NASA/IPAC Extragalactic Database". Results for NGC 3310. Retrieved 2006-11-08.
  4. ^ de Grijs, R.; Anders, P.; Bastian, N.; Lynds, R.; et al. (2003). "Star cluster formation and evolution in nearby starburst galaxies - II. Initial conditions". Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. 343 (4): 1285–1300. arXiv:astro-ph/0305184. Bibcode:2003MNRAS.343.1285D. doi:10.1046/j.1365-8711.2003.06777.x. S2CID 16174497.
  5. ^ Perlmutter, S.; et al. (March 1991). Green, D. W. E. (ed.). "Supernova 1991N in NGC 3310". IAU Circular. 5227 (1). Bibcode:1991IAUC.5227....1P.
  6. ^ "SN 2021gmj". Transient Name Server. Retrieved 2021-12-20.

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Coordinates: Sky map 10h 38m 45.86s, +53° 30′ 12″