NGC 3628

Alt. Designations: NGC 3628
Object Type: spiral galaxy
Constellation: Leo
Distance: 35 mly
Right Ascension: 11h 20m 16.7s
Declination: +13° 35´ 24"
Visual Magnitude: 9.6
Apparent Dimension: 13.1´ X 3.1´
Best Month To View: Feb

NGC 3628 is an unbarred spiral galaxy about 35 million light-years away in the constellation Leo. It has an approximately 300,000 light-years long tidal tail. NGC 3628 along with M65 and M66 form the famous Leo Triplet, a small group of galaxies. Its most conspicuous feature is the broad and obscuring band of dust located along the outer edge of its spiral arms, effectively transecting the galaxy to our view.