NGC 3810

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NGC 3810
NGC 3810 (captured by the Hubble Space Telescope).jpg
Observation data (J2000 epoch)
Right ascension 11h 40m 58.8s[1]
Declination+11° 28′ 16″[1]
Redshift992 ± 1 km/s[1]
Distance51.2 ± 10.6 Mly (15.7 ± 3.2 Mpc)[1]
Apparent magnitude (V)10.6[2]
TypeSA(rs)c [1]
Apparent size (V)4′.3 × 3′.0[2]
Other designations
UGC 6644, MCG +02-30-010, PGC 36243[1]

NGC 3810 is a spiral galaxy located in the constellation Leo. It is located at a distance of circa 50 million light years from Earth, which, given its apparent dimensions, means that NGC 3810 is about 60,000 light years across. It was discovered by William Herschel οn March 15, 1784.[3]

The bright galaxy NGC 3810 demonstrates spiral structure similar to that of Messier 77. The central part of the galaxy disk is of high surface brightness and features tightly wound spirals. Outside this disk lie more open arms with lower surface brightness.[4] The bright central region is thought to be forming many new stars and is outshining the outer areas of the galaxy by some margin. Further out the galaxy displays strikingly rich dust clouds along its spiral arms. Hot young blue stars show up in giant clusters far from the centre and the arms are also littered with bright red giant stars.[5] Two supernovae have been observed in NGC 3810, SN 1997dq (type Ib, mag: 15), and SN 2000ew (type Ic, mag: 14.9).[6]

NGC 3810 forms a small group of galaxies with NGC 3773, the NGC 3810 group, which is part of the Virgo Supercluster.[7]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "NASA/IPAC Extragalactic Database". Results for NGC 3810. Retrieved 2016-01-18.
  2. ^ a b "Revised NGC Data for NGC 3810". Retrieved 25 November 2018.
  3. ^ NGC 3810 Celestial Atlas
  4. ^ Sandage, A., Bedke, J. (1994), The Carnegie Atlas of Galaxies. Volume I, Carnegie Institution of Washington, p. 15
  5. ^ "NGC 3810: A picture-perfect spiral".
  6. ^ List of Supernovae IAU Central Bureau for Astronomical Telegrams. Retrieved 29 December 2015.
  7. ^ Makarov, Dmitry; Karachentsev, Igor (21 April 2011). "Galaxy groups and clouds in the local (z∼ 0.01) Universe". Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. 412 (4): 2498–2520. arXiv:1011.6277. Bibcode:2011MNRAS.412.2498M. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2966.2010.18071.x.
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