Messier Index/M95

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Messier 95
Messier95 spitzer.jpg
M95. Credit: w:NASA
Observation data (w:J2000 epoch)
Constellation Leo
Right ascension 10h 43m 57.7s[1]
Declination +11° 42′ 14″[1]
Redshift 778 ± 4 km/s[1]
Distance 32.6 ± 1.4 Mly (10.0 ± 0.4 Mpc)[2]
Type SB(r)b[1]
Apparent dimensions (V) 3′.1 × 2′.9[1]
Apparent magnitude (V) 11.4[1]
Other designations
NGC 3351,[1] UGC 5850,[1] PGC 32007[1]

Messier 95 (also known as M95 or NGC 3351) is a w:barred spiral galaxy about 33 million w:light-years away in the w:constellation Leo. It was discovered by w:Pierre Méchain in w:1781, and catalogued by w:Charles Messier four days later.


The center of the galaxy contains a ring-shaped circumnuclear star-forming region with a diameter of approximately 2000 ly (600 pc).[3]

Galaxy group information

M95 is one of several galaxies within the w:M96 Group, a w:group of galaxies in the w:constellation Leo. The group also includes the w:Messier objects M96 and M105.[4][5][6][7]

External links


  1. a b c d e f g h i "NASA/IPAC Extragalactic Database". Results for NGC 3351. Retrieved 2007-10-03. 
  2. Jensen, Joseph B.; Tonry, John L.; Barris, Brian J.; Thompson, Rodger I.; Liu, Michael C.; Rieke, Marcia J.; Ajhar, Edward A.; Blakeslee, John P. (February 2003). "Measuring Distances and Probing the Unresolved Stellar Populations of Galaxies Using Infrared Surface Brightness Fluctuations". Astrophysical Journal 583 (2): 712–726. doi:10.1086/345430. 
  3. L. Colina, M. L. Garcia Vargas, J. M. Mas-Hesse, A. Alberdi, A. Krabbe (1997). "Nuclear Star-forming Structures and the Starburst–Active Galactic Nucleus Connection in Barred Spirals NGC 3351 and NGC 4303". The Astrophysical Journal Letters 484: L41–L45. doi:10.1086/310766. 
  4. R. B. Tully (1988). Nearby Galaxies Catalog. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-35299-1. 
  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. 
  6. A. Garcia (1993). "General study of group membership. II - Determination of nearby groups". Astronomy and Astrophysics Supplement 100: 47–90. 
  7. G. Giuricin, C. Marinoni, L. Ceriani, A. Pisani (2000). "Nearby Optical Galaxies: Selection of the Sample and Identification of Groups". Astrophysical Journal 543: 178–194. doi:10.1086/317070.