NGC 4571

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NGC 4571
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Observation data (J2000 epoch)
ConstellationComa Berenices
Right ascension 12h 36m 56.4s[1]
Declination+14° 13′ 02″[1]
Redshift342 ± 3 km/s[1]
Distance58 ± 11 Mly (17.7 ± 3.4 Mpc)
Apparent magnitude (V)11.8[1]
Apparent size (V)3′.6 × 3′.2[1]
Other designations
NGC 4571, IC 3588[1] UGC 7788,[1] PGC 42100, VCC 1696[1]
See also: Galaxy, List of galaxies

NGC 4571 is a spiral galaxy located in the constellation of Coma Berenices that William Herschel thought was Messier 91 in Charles Messier' catalog of deep-sky objects,[2] before nearly two centuries later that object was determined to be the nearby barred spiral galaxy NGC 4548.

Physical properties[edit]

The finding of Cepheids by the Canada France Hawaii Telescope in 1994 has allowed to know this galaxy is a member of the Virgo Cluster.[2]

Despite being classified as a late-type galaxy, NGC 4571 has features more typical of spiral galaxies of earlier Hubble type such as a high color index, both low star formation rate and H-Alpha brightness, and relatively little neutral hydrogen,[3] suggesting it may have lost most of its gas due to interactions with Virgo's intragalactic medium and/or past interactions with other galaxies of the cluster.[4][5][5][6]

The low-surface brightness galaxy Malin 1 is located close to this object.[7] It is totally unrelated, however as it lies at a much higher distance.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "NASA/IPAC Extragalactic Database". Results for NGC 4571. Retrieved 2013-05-18.
  2. ^ a b Students for the Exploration and Development of Space NGC 4571, Accessed online 14 April 2011
  3. ^ Kennicutt, R. C., Jr. (1983). "On the evolution of the spiral galaxies in the Virgo cluster". The Astronomical Journal. 88: 483–488. Bibcode:1983AJ.....88..483K. doi:10.1086/113334.CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link)
  4. ^ Kennicutt, R. C., Jr. (1985). "An H I and optical study of the gas poor Virgo cluster spiral NGC 4571". ESO Workshop on the Virgo Cluster of Galaxies, Garching, West Germany, September 4–7, 1984. 88: 91–94. Bibcode:1985ESOC...20...91K. doi:10.1086/113334.CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link)
  5. ^ a b Kenney, J. D.; Young, J. S. (1986). "CO in H I-deficient Virgo cluster spiral galaxies". The Astrophysical Journal Letters. 301: L13–L17. Bibcode:1986ApJ...301L..13K. doi:10.1086/184614.
  6. ^ van der Hulst, J. M.; Skillman, E. D.; Kennicutt, R. C.; Bothun, G. D. (1987). "The neutral hydrogen content of red spiral galaxies". Astronomy and Astrophysics. 177: 63–70. Bibcode:1987A&A...177...63V.
  7. ^ Bothun, Gregory D.; Impey, Christopher D.; Malin, David F.; Mould, Jeremy R. (1987). "Discovery of a huge low-surface-brightness galaxy - A protodisk galaxy at low redshift?". The Astronomical Journal. 94: 23–29. Bibcode:1987AJ.....94...23B. doi:10.1086/114443.