NGC 3359

Alt. Designations: NGC 3359
Object Type: barred spiral galaxy
Constellation: Ursa Major
Distance: 42.38 mly
Right Ascension: 10h 46m 36.3s
Declination: +63° 13´ 24"
Visual Magnitude: 10.3
Apparent Dimension: 7.2´ X 4.4´
Best Month To View: Mar

This delicate spiral galaxy is located 49 million light years away. Astronomers who recently studied this galaxy determined that the central bar of the galaxy is a relatively young feature (by galactic standards) at around 1/2 billion years old. Through time galaxies change in their structure and shape. This galaxy might evenutally look something like NGC 1300. These astronomers also analyzed 77 HII (gas clouds, pink in this picture) regions in this galaxy.