NGC 6744

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NGC 6744
Wide Field Imager view of a Milky Way look-alike NGC 6744.jpg
Wide Field Imager view of a Milky Way look-alike NGC 6744. Credit: ESO
Observation data (J2000 epoch)
Constellation Pavo
Right ascension 19h 09m 46.1s[1]
Declination −63° 51′ 27″[1]
Redshift 0.002805[1]
Helio radial velocity 841 ± 2 km/s[1]
Distance 31 ± 5.2 Mly
(9.5 ± 1.6 Mpc)[2]
Apparent magnitude (V) 9.14[1]
Type SAB(r)bc[1] II[citation needed]
Apparent size (V) 20′.0 × 12′.9[1]
Other designations
Caldwell 101, PGC 62836
See also: Galaxy, List of galaxies

NGC 6744 is an intermediate spiral galaxy about 30 million light-years away[2] in the constellation Pavo. It is thought to be one of the most Milky Way-like spiral galaxies in our immediate vicinity, with flocculent (fluffy) arms and an elongated core. It also has at least one distorted companion galaxy (NGC 6744A) superficially similar to one of the Magellanic Clouds.[3] It was discovered by British astronomer James Dunlop on 30 June 1826.

A supernova was discovered in the galaxy in 2005.[4]

NGC 6744 lies within the Virgo Supercluster.[5][6]


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  1. ^ a b c d e f g "NASA/IPAC Extragalactic Database". Results for NGC 6744. Retrieved 2006-08-31. 
  2. ^ a b "Distance Results for NGC 6744". NASA/IPAC Extragalactic Database. Retrieved 2010-06-19. 
  3. ^ "NASA/IPAC Extragalactic Database". Results for NGC 6744A. Retrieved 2010-06-19. 
  4. ^ Mobberley, Martin (1999). The Caldwell Objects And How to Observe Them. Springer. pp. 208–09. ISBN 978-1-4419-0326-6. 
  5. ^ P. Fouque; E. Gourgoulhon; P. Chamaraux; G. Paturel (1992). "Groups of galaxies within 80 Mpc. II - The catalogue of groups and group members". Astronomy and Astrophysics Supplement. 93: 211–233. Bibcode:1992A&AS...93..211F. 
  6. ^ "Nearby Groups of Galaxies". Retrieved 2018-05-04. 
  7. ^ "Hubble shows the local Universe in ultraviolet". Retrieved 18 May 2018. 

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