NGC 3938

Alt. Designations: NGC 3938
Object Type: spiral galaxy
Constellation: Ursa Major
Distance: 43 mly
Right Ascension: 11h 52m 49.2s
Declination: +44° 07´ 17"
Visual Magnitude: 10.1
Apparent Dimension: 5.4´ X 4.9´
Best Month To View: Mar

NGC 3938 is a face-on Spiral Galaxy in the Constellation of Ursa Major. It has a small bright, diffuse nucleus in a bright inner lens. There are two bright, filamentary, knotty arms that begin near the center and unwind for about half a revolution, before branching. Thin dust lanes are present throughout the inner arm region, the inner disk, and the inside of the principal luminous arms. Based on the published red shift a rough distance estimate for NGC 3938 is 43 million light years, with a galaxy diameter of about 67,000 light years.