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NGC 4244

Coordinates: Sky map 12h 17m 29.6s, +37° 48′ 26″
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NGC 4244
NGC 4244
Observation data (J2000 epoch)
ConstellationCanes Venatici
Right ascension12h 17m 29.9s[1]
Declination+37° 48′ 27″[1]
Heliocentric radial velocity+244 km/s[3][2]
Distance14.1 Mly (4.31 Mpc)[1]
Apparent magnitude (V)10.18[4]
Apparent magnitude (B)10.44[4]
Apparent size (V)17.0. × 2.2[5]
Other designations
Caldwell 26, UGC 7322, MCG +06-27-045, PGC 39422[2]

NGC 4244, also known as Caldwell 26, is an edge-on loose spiral galaxy in the constellation Canes Venatici, and is part of the M94 Group or Canes Venatici I Group, a galaxy group relatively close to the Local Group containing the Milky Way. In the sky, it is located near the yellow naked-eye star, Beta Canum Venaticorum, but also near the barred spiral galaxy NGC 4151 and irregular galaxy NGC 4214.

With an apparent V-band magnitude of 10.18,[3] NGC 4244 lies approximately 4.3 megaparsecs[3] (14 million light years)[6] away. A nuclear star cluster and halo is located near the centre of this galaxy.[6][7]

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  1. ^ a b c Karachentsev, Igor D.; Kaisina, Elena I.; Kashibadze (Nasonova), Olga G. (2016). "The Local Tully–Fisher Relation for Dwarf Galaxies". The Astronomical Journal. 153: 6. arXiv:1611.02574. doi:10.3847/1538-3881/153/1/6. S2CID 119388974.
  2. ^ a b c "NGC 4244". SIMBAD. Centre de données astronomiques de Strasbourg. Retrieved 2021-02-09.
  3. ^ a b c "Results for object NGC 4244 (NGC 4244)". NASA/IPAC Extragalactic Database. California Institute of Technology. Retrieved 2021-02-09.
  4. ^ a b c "Search specification: NGC 4244". HyperLeda. Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1. Retrieved 2021-02-09.
  5. ^ The Night Sky Observers Guide, Vol. 2, pg 46. Kepple, G. and Sanner, G., Willmann-Bell Inc., 2002
  6. ^ a b "A Rotating Compact Nuclear Stellar Cluster in NGC 4244". Gemini Observatory. 31 July 2008. Retrieved 8 August 2008.
  7. ^ Seth, A.; de Jong, R.; Dalcanton, J. (2006). "CJO - Abstract - Detection of a stellar halo in NGC 4244". Proceedings of the International Astronomical Union. 2 (S241). Cambridge University Press: 523–524. doi:10.1017/S1743921307009003. S2CID 119058120.


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