NGC 4262

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NGC 4262
NGC 4262 HST 9401 R850GB475.png
Composite image of NGC 4262, imaged by the Hubble Space Telescope
Observation data (J2000 epoch)
ConstellationComa Berenices
Right ascension 12h 19m 30.6s[1]
Declination+14° 52′ 40″[1]
Redshift1359 ± 4 km/s[1]
Distance50.0 Mly
Apparent magnitude (V)12.49[1]
Apparent size (V)1′.9 × 1′.7[1]
Other designations
UGC 7365,[1] PGC 39676, VCC 355[1]
See also: Galaxy, List of galaxies

NGC 4262 is a lenticular galaxy located in the constellation of Coma Berenices.


NGC 4262 is a small and compact barred lenticular galaxy with a high surface brightness central bar.[2] It is a member of the Virgo Cluster at a distance from the Milky Way of around 50 million light-years.[3]

It features an anomalous abundance of neutral hydrogen for a lenticular galaxy, most of it being located on a ring tilted with respect to NGC 4262's galactic plane.[4] Studies with help of the GALEX telescope have found within that ring several clusters of young stars that can be seen on ultraviolet images.[5]

The aforementioned ring is believed to have its origin in NGC 4262 stripping some gas of another galaxy in a close passage, likely its neighbor the spiral Messier 99[6]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "NASA/IPAC Extragalactic Database". Results for NGC 4262. Retrieved 2012-12-31.
  2. ^ "Notes for object NGC 4262". NASA/IPAC Extragalactic Database (NED). Retrieved 2012-07-21.
  3. ^ Mei, S.; Blakeslee, J. P.; Côté, P.; Tonry, J.L.; West, M. J.; Ferrarese., L.; Jordán, A.; Peng, E. W.; Anthony, A.; Merritt, D. (January 2007). "The ACS Virgo Cluster Survey. XIII. SBF Distance Catalog and the Three-dimensional Structure of the Virgo Cluster". The Astrophysical Journal. 655 (1): 144–162. arXiv:astro-ph/0702510. Bibcode:2007ApJ...655..144M. doi:10.1086/509598.
  4. ^ Krumm, N.; van Driel, W.; van Woerden, H. (March 1985). "Distribution and motions of atomic hydrogen in lenticular galaxies. IV - A ring of H I around NGC 4262". Astronomy and Astrophysics. 144 (1): 202–210. Bibcode:1985A&A...144..202K.
  5. ^ Bettoni, D.; Buson, L.M.; Galletta, G. (September 2010). "NGC 4262: a Virgo galaxy with an extended ultraviolet ring". Astronomy and Astrophysics. 519 (A72): A72. arXiv:1006.4717. Bibcode:2010A&A...519A..72B. doi:10.1051/0004-6361/201014750.
  6. ^ Vollmer, B.; Hutchmeier, W.; van Driel, W. (September 2005). "NGC 4254: a spiral galaxy entering the Virgo cluster". Astronomy and Astrophysics. 439 (3): 921–933. arXiv:astro-ph/0505021. Bibcode:2005A&A...439..921V. doi:10.1051/0004-6361:20041350.