NGC 3982

Alt. Designations: NGC 3982
Object Type: barred spiral galaxy
Constellation: Ursa Major
Distance: 68 mly
Right Ascension: 11h 56m 28.0s
Declination: +55° 07´ 30"
Visual Magnitude: 11.1
Apparent Dimension: 2.3´ X 2.0´
Best Month To View: Mar

NGC 3982 is an intermediate spiral galaxy approximately 68 million light-years away in the constellation Ursa Major. NGC 3982 is a part of the M109 Group, a group of galaxies located in the constellation Ursa Major that may contain over 50 galaxies. At an apparent magnitude of 12.0, NGC 3982 needs a telescope to be viewed. Using small telescopes, the galaxy appears as a very faint, diffuse patch of light with its central region appearing as a slightly brighter diffuse ball.NGC 3982 is a Seyfert 2 galaxy that spans about 30,000 light-years, about one-third of the size of our Milky Way galaxy. The galaxy is receding from us at about 1109 km/s. The galaxy is a typical spiral galaxy, similar to our Milky Way. It harbors a supermassive black hole at its core and has massive regions of star formation in the bright blue knots in the spiral arms. Supernovae are likely to be found within these regions. NGC 3982 has a high rate of star birth within its arms, which are lined by pink star-forming regions of glowing hydrogen and newborn blue star clusters. Its bright nucleus is home to older populations of stars, which grow more densely packed toward the center. The galaxy also has active star formation in the circumnuclear region estimated at 0.52 M⊙/year. The HST image of NGC 3982 shows a mini-spiral between the circumnuclear star-forming region and the galaxy's nucleus, which could be the channel through which gas is transported to the supermassive black hole from the star-forming region.