NGC 4517

Alt. Designations: NGC 4517
Object Type: spiral galaxy
Constellation: Virgo
Distance: 50 mly
Right Ascension: 12h 32m 45.6s
Declination: +00° 06´ 56"
Visual Magnitude: 10.5
Apparent Dimension: 10.5´ X 1.5´
Best Month To View: Apr

NGC 4517 is an edge-on Spiral Galaxy in the Constellation of Virgo. It has a bright center, but no visible nucleus. It has a complex structure with many dark lanes. The galaxy forms a non-interacting pair with NGC 4517A, which lies just above NGC 4517 in the image above. A rough distance estimate for this galaxy (assuming a Hubble Constant of 73 km/sec per MegaParsec) is 50 million light years. At that distance the diameter of the galaxy would be 152,500 light years.