NGC 3486

Alt. Designations: NGC 3486
Object Type: barred spiral galaxy
Constellation: Leo Minor
Distance: 33 mly
Right Ascension: 11h 00m 24.0s
Declination: +28° 58´ 32"
Visual Magnitude: 10.3
Apparent Dimension: 7.1´ X 5.2´
Best Month To View: Feb

NGC 3486 is a face-on Spiral Galaxy in the Constellation of Leo Minor. The distance is roughly 33 million light years and it has a diameter of 66,500 light years. There is data showing that NGC 3486 has an active nucleus leading to its classification as a Seyfert Type II galaxy. The galaxy has a small bright nucleus in a short weak bar that is surrounded by a knotty ring of HII star forming regions. The overall spiral pattern is very regular.