NGC 4458

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NGC 4458
NGC 4458HST.jpg
The elliptical galaxy NGC 4458 as imaged by the HST.
Observation data (J2000 epoch)
Right ascension 12h 28m 57.5s[1]
Declination13° 14′ 31″[1]
Redshift0.002258/677 km/s[1]
Distance54,801,600 ly
Group or clusterVirgo Cluster
Apparent magnitude (V)12.93 [1]
TypeE0 [1]
Mass~1.07×1010[2] M
Size~ 29,000 ly (estimated)[1]
Apparent size (V)1.7 x 1.6[1]
Other designations
CGCG 70-114, MCG 2-32-82, PGC 41095, UGC 7610, VCC 1146[1]
See also: Galaxy, List of galaxies

NGC 4458 is an elliptical galaxy located about 54 million light-years away[3][4] in the constellation of Virgo.[5] It was discovered by astronomer William Herschel on April 12, 1784.[6] NGC 4458 is a member of Markarian's Chain which is part of the Virgo Cluster.[7] It is in a pair with the galaxy NGC 4461.[8] NGC 4458 and NGC 4461 are both Interacting with each other.[9]

NGC 4458 may have a supermassive black hole with an estimated mass of 200 million suns (2×108 M☉).[2]

Nuclear disk[edit]

NGC 4458 has an edge-on nuclear disk which is estimated to be about 6 billion years old.[10] The disk likely formed from the merger of a gas-rich galaxy.[11]

Counter-rotating core[edit]

In NGC 4458, it has been indicated using Hubble Images that it has a counter-rotating core.[9]


NGC 4458 has a low metal content but has an overabundance of the element Iron.[9]

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  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "NASA/IPAC Extragalactic Database". Results for NGC 4458. Retrieved 2017-08-06.
  2. ^ a b Pechetti, Renuka; Seth, Anil; Cappellari, Michele; McDermid, Richard; Brok, Mark den; Mieske, Steffen; Strader, Jay (2017-11-13). "Detection of Enhanced Central Mass-to-light Ratios in Low-mass Early-type Galaxies: Evidence for Black Holes?". The Astrophysical Journal. 850 (1): 15. arXiv:1709.09172. Bibcode:2017ApJ...850...15P. doi:10.3847/1538-4357/aa9021. ISSN 1538-4357.
  3. ^ Tomita, Akihiko; Aoki, Kentaro; Watanabe, Masaru; Takata, Tadafumi; Ichikawa, Shin-ichi (29 March 2000). "The Central Gas Systems of Early-Type Galaxies Traced by Dust Feature: Based on the HST WFPC2 Archival Images". The Astronomical Journal. 120: 18. CiteSeerX
  4. ^ "Your NED Search Results". Retrieved 2017-08-09.
  5. ^ "NGC 4458 in the Virgo cluster of galaxies". Retrieved 2017-08-06.
  6. ^ "New General Catalog Objects: NGC 4450 - 4499". Retrieved 2017-08-01.
  7. ^ Markarian, B.E. (December 1961). "Physical chain of galaxies in the Virgo cluster and its dynamic instability" (PDF). Astronomical Journal. 66: 555–557. Bibcode:1961AJ.....66..555M.
  8. ^ "NGC 4458". SIMBAD. Centre de données astronomiques de Strasbourg. Retrieved 2017-08-09.
  9. ^ a b c Morelli, L.; Halliday, C.; Corsini, E. M.; Pizzella, A.; Thomas, D.; Saglia, R. P.; Davies, R. L.; Bender, R.; Birkinshaw, M.; Bertola, F. (19 July 2004). "Nuclear stellar discs in low-luminosity elliptical galaxies: NGC 4458 and 4478" (PDF). Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. 354 (3): 753–762. arXiv:astro-ph/0408084. Bibcode:2004MNRAS.354..753M. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2966.2004.08236.x.
  10. ^ Sarzi, M.; Ledo, H. R.; Coccato, L.; Corsini, E. M.; Dotti, M.; Khochfar, S.; Maraston, C.; Morelli, L.; Pizzella, A. (13 January 2016). "Nuclear discs as clocks for the assembly history of early-type galaxies: the case of NGC 4458". Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. 000 (2): 1804. arXiv:1601.03292. Bibcode:2016MNRAS.457.1804S. doi:10.1093/mnras/stw099.
  11. ^ Morelli, L.; Cesetti, M.; Corsini, E. M.; Pizzella, A.; Bonta`, E. Dalla; Sarzi, M.; Bertola, F. (20 May 2010). "Multiband photometric decomposition of nuclear stellar disks". Astronomy & Astrophysics. 518: A32. arXiv:1004.2190. Bibcode:2010A&A...518A..32M. doi:10.1051/0004-6361/201014285.