NGC 1961

Alt. Designations: ARP 184
Object Type: barred spiral galaxy
Constellation: Camelopardalis
Distance: 171 mly
Right Ascension: 05h 42m 03.9s
Declination: +69° 22´ 43"
Visual Magnitude: 10.9
Apparent Dimension: 4.5´ X 3.1´
Best Month To View: Dec

 NGC 1961 is disturbed galaxy, about 171 million light-year from Earth, toward the constellation Camelopardalis. Its unusual asymmetric appearance has also earned it a spot in Arp's Catalog of Peculiar Galaxies as number 184. Given the galaxy's apparent size and brightness, it is one of the largest in our local area of the universe. The cause of NGC 1961's peculiar appearance remains unsolved as there are no nearby galaxies large enough for gravitational interaction to create the distortion. It is possible that the odd shape is the result of a past merger with another galaxy.