NGC 4656 and NGC 4657
NGC 4656/7. Credit: Scott Anttila.
|Observation data (J2000 epoch)|
|Right ascension||12h 43m 57.7s|
|Declination||+32° 10′ 05″|
|Apparent magnitude (V)||11.0|
|Apparent size (V)||12′.9|
|Notable features||similar to SMC|
|UGC 7907, PGC 42863|
NGC 4656/57 is a highly warped barred spiral galaxy located in the constellation Canes Venatici and is sometimes informally called the Hockey Stick Galaxies or the Crowbar Galaxy. The galaxy is a member of the NGC 4631 Group. A Luminous Blue Variable in "super-outburst" was discovered in NGC 4656/57 on March 21, 2005.
Detail of NGC 4656 imaged by the Hubble Space Telescope.
- R. W. Sinnott, ed. (1988). The Complete New General Catalogue and Index Catalogue of Nebulae and Star Clusters by J. L. E. Dreyer. Sky Publishing Corporation and Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-933346-51-4.
- "NASA/IPAC Extragalactic Database". Results for NGC 4656. Retrieved 2006-04-30.
- "The Hockey Stick Galaxy". www.spacetelescope.org. Retrieved 31 July 2017.
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