NGC 3953

Alt. Designations: NGC 3953
Object Type: barred spiral galaxy
Constellation: Ursa Major
Distance: 56 mly
Right Ascension: 11h 53m 48.4s
Declination: +52° 19´ 30"
Visual Magnitude: 9.8
Apparent Dimension: 6.9´ X 3.6´
Best Month To View: Mar

NGC 3953 is a barred spiral galaxy located in the constellation Ursa Major at a distance of 56 million light years. The tightly wound spiral structure spans about 111,000 light years (about 10% larger than the Milky Way). NGC 3953 belongs to the Ursa Major North galaxy group, which consists of 32 galaxies, including the dominant M109 (NGC 3992).