NGC 3344

Alt. Designations: NGC 3344
Object Type: barred spiral galaxy
Constellation: Leo Minor
Distance: 25 mly
Right Ascension: 10h 43m 30.9s
Declination: +24° 55´ 22"
Visual Magnitude: 9.7
Apparent Dimension: 7.1´ X 6.5´
Best Month To View: Feb

NGC 3344 is a glorious spiral galaxy around half the size of the Milky Way, which lies 25 million light-years distant. We see NGC 3344 face-on, allowing us to study its structure in detail. The galaxy features an outer ring swirling around an inner ring with a subtle bar structure in the center. The central regions of the galaxy are predominately populated by young stars, with the galactic fringes also featuring areas of active star formation.