NGC 3310

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NGC 3310
NGC 3310.jpg
Spiral Galaxy NGC 3310
Observation data (J2000 epoch)
ConstellationUrsa Major
Right ascension10h 38m 45.86s
Declination+53° 30′ 12″[1]
Redshift993 ± 3 km/s[1]
Distance42 Mly (13 Mpc)[2]
Apparent magnitude (V)11.2[1]
TypeSAB(r)bc pec[1]
Apparent size (V)3′.1 × 2′.4[1]
Other designations
UGC 5786,[1] PGC 31650,[1] Arp 217,[1]
VV 356,[1] VV 406[1]
See also: Galaxy, List of galaxies

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.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "NASA/IPAC Extragalactic Database". Results for NGC 3310. Retrieved 2006-11-08.
  2. ^ a b 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.

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