NGC 3227

Alt. Designations: ARP 94
Object Type: barred spiral galaxy
Constellation: Leo
Distance: 73.02 mly
Right Ascension: 10h 23m 30.4s
Declination: +19° 51´ 55"
Visual Magnitude: 10.4
Apparent Dimension: 4.1´ X 3.9´
Best Month To View: Feb

NGC 3227 is a spiral galaxy that is interacting with the dwarf elliptical galaxy NGC 3226. The two galaxies are listed as Arp 94, one of several examples of a spiral with a dwarf elliptical companion that are listed in the Atlas of Peculiar Galaxies. Both galaxies are found in the constellation Leo. Amateur telescopes can discern them but require magnification of about 100 times. They are situated 50′ east of the well-known double star system Gamma Leonis (i.e. Algieba).