NGC 3953

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NGC 3953
Observation data (J2000 epoch)
Constellation Ursa Major
Right ascension 11h 53m 48.9s[1]
Declination +52° 19′ 36″[1]
Redshift 1052 ± 2 km/s[1]
Apparent magnitude (V) 10.8[1]
Type SB(r)bc[1]
Apparent size (V) 6'.9 × 3'.5[1]
Other designations
UGC 6870,[1] PGC 37306[1]
See also: Galaxy, List of galaxies

NGC 3953 is a barred spiral galaxy located in the constellation Ursa Major. In the Catalogue of Named Galaxies, it is called Procella Ursae Majoris, or the hurricane galaxy.[2] The galaxy is known to exhibit an inner ring structure that encircles the bar.

NGC 3953 with amateur telescope



Two supernovae have been identified within NGC 3953:[1] the type Ia supernova SN 2001dp[3] and SN 2006bp.[4]


NGC 3953 is a member of the M109 Group, a large group of galaxies located within the constellation Ursa Major that may contain over 50 galaxies.[5][6][7][8]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "NASA/IPAC Extragalactic Database". Results for NGC 3953. Retrieved 2006-11-15. 
  2. ^ Bodifee, Gerard. "Catalogue of One Thousand Named Galaxies" (PDF). Retrieved 21 May 2017. 
  3. ^ "NASA/IPAC Extragalactic Database". Results for SN 2001dp. Retrieved 2006-11-15. 
  4. ^ "NASA/IPAC Extragalactic Database". Results for SN 2006bp. Retrieved 2006-11-15. 
  5. ^ R. B. Tully (1988). Nearby Galaxies Catalog. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-35299-1. 
  6. ^ P. Fouque; E. Gourgoulhon; P. Chamaraux; G. Paturel (1992). "Groups of galaxies within 80 Mpc. II - The catalogue of groups and group members". Astronomy and Astrophysics Supplement. 93: 211–233. Bibcode:1992A&AS...93..211F. 
  7. ^ A. Garcia (1993). "General study of group membership. II - Determination of nearby groups". Astronomy and Astrophysics Supplement. 100: 47–90. Bibcode:1993A&AS..100...47G. 
  8. ^ G. Giuricin; C. Marinoni; L. Ceriani; A. Pisani (2000). "Nearby Optical Galaxies: Selection of the Sample and Identification of Groups". Astrophysical Journal. 543 (1): 178–194. arXiv:astro-ph/0001140Freely accessible. Bibcode:2000ApJ...543..178G. doi:10.1086/317070. 

Coordinates: Sky map 11h 53m 48.9s, +52° 19′ 36″

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