SDSS image of NGC 3941
|Observation data (J2000 epoch)|
|Right ascension||11h 52m 55.4s|
|Declination||+36° 59′ 11″|
|Redshift||930 ± 5 km/s|
|Distance||39 ± 11 Mly (12.1 ± 3.5 Mpc)|
|Apparent magnitude (V)||10.3|
|Apparent size (V)||3′.5 × 2′.3|
|Notable features||Seyfert galaxy|
|UGC 6857, MCG +06-26-051, PGC 37235|
NGC 3941 is a barred lenticular galaxy located in the constellation Ursa Major. It is located at a distance of circa 40 million light years from Earth, which, given its apparent dimensions, means that NGC 3941 is about 40,000 light years across. It was discovered by William Herschel in 1787.
The galaxy has a counterrotating extended gas disk, which was possibly formed by a galaxy merger of accretion of gas with oppositely directed angular momentum. The disk has low velocity dispersion throughout, which suggests it has settled into equilibrium. The gas is found primarily in two rings. The inner appears almost circular in HI imaging, which may mean it is inclined ∼20° or more with respect to the stellar disk, whereas the outer ring has approximately the same ellipticity with the stellar disk. The stellar disk is symmetric and there are evidence of weak spiral arms outside the primary bar. In the infrared Ks-band, the bar has ansae-type morphology and in the inner elliptical there is an inner disc showing two-armed spirals. Based on the fact that the spiral arms and the gas are rotating in different directions it has been suggested that the inner ionised gas and the outer HI gas are inclined, almost perpendicular to the stellar disk. The galaxy features also a secondary bar.
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