NGC 4452

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NGC 4452
NGC 4452.jpg
Observation data (J2000 epoch)
Right ascension12h 28.7m 00s[1]
Declination+11° 45′ 00″
Distance18,500,000 parsecs (60,000,000 ly)
Group or clusterVirgo
Apparent magnitude (V)12.4
Apparent size (V)2.7' x 36" (35 000 light-years in diameter)
Other designations
NGC 4452, 2MFGC 9831, VCC 1125, [CHM2007] LDC 904 J122843.62+1145261, ACSVCS 44, 2MFGC 9833, VPC 613, [CHM2007] HDC 720 J122843.62+1145261, LEDA 41060, UGC 7601, Z 1226.2+1202, MCG+02-32-080, UZC J122843.3+114519, Z 70–112

NGC 4452 is an edge-on lenticular galaxy that is part of the Virgo Cluster. NGC 4452 is located approximately 60 million light-years distant and is 35,000 light-years in width.[3] This galaxy was first seen by William Herschel in 1784 with his 47 cm telescope.

NGC 4452 is so thin that it is actually difficult to determine what type of disk galaxy it is. Its lack of a visible dust lane indicates that it is a low-dust lenticular galaxy, although it is still possible that a view from on top would reveal spiral structure. The unusual stellar line segment spans about 35,000 light years from end to end. Near NGC 4452's center is a slight bulge of stars, while hundreds of background galaxies are visible far in the distance. Galaxies that appear this thin are rare mostly because our Earth must reside (nearly) in the extrapolated planes of their thin galactic disks. Galaxies that actually are this thin are relatively common – for example our own Milky Way Galaxy is thought to be about this thin.[4]

NGC 4452 appears to be very similar to galaxy IC 335, an edge-on galaxy in Fornax Cluster, in constellation Fornax.


  1. ^ "The Interactive NGC Catalog Online". Results for NGC 4452. Retrieved 2010-11-08.
  2. ^ "SIMBAD Astronomical Database". Results for NGC 4452. Retrieved 2010-11-08.
  3. ^ Hubble captures rare galactic view Australian Broadcasting Corporation – Carl Holm (15 Nov 2010) – Retrieved 15 Nov 2010
  4. ^ "APOD: 2010 November 9 - NGC 4452: An Extremely Thin Galaxy". NASA. 9 November 2012. Retrieved 28 July 2019. Public Domain This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.

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