NGC 2976

Alt. Designations: NGC 2976
Object Type: spiral galaxy
Constellation: Ursa Major
Distance: 13 mly
Right Ascension: 09h 47m 14.7s
Declination: +67° 55´ 03"
Visual Magnitude: 10.1
Apparent Dimension: 5.9´ X 2.7´
Best Month To View: Mar

NGC 2976 is one of the smaller member galaxies of the M81 group, located about 1deg 20' southwest of M81. It is a peculiar spiral galaxy of type Scp, peculiar because of the chaotic inner structure with many dark lanes and stellar condensations in its disk - sometimes also as Sdp because its spiral arms are difficult to be traced. The bright inner part of this disk appears to have a defined edge. These distortions are results from the gravitational interactions with its neighbors, in particular M81.