NGC 3239

Alt. Designations: NGC 3239, ARP 263
Object Type: irregular galaxy
Constellation: Leo
Distance: 25 mly
Right Ascension: 10h 25m 05.5s
Declination: +17° 09´ 37"
Visual Magnitude: 11.1
Apparent Dimension: 4.5´ X 2.4´
Best Month To View: Feb

NGC 3239 is an irregular galaxy shown here near the center of this lovely field of galaxies in the galaxy rich constellation Leo. At a distance of only 25 million light-years and about 40,000 light-years across, it dominates the frame, sporting a peculiar arrangement of structures, young blue star clusters and star forming regions, suggesting that NGC 3239 (aka Arp 263) is the result of a galaxy merger.