NGC 4565

Alt. Designations: NGC 4565
Object Type: spiral galaxy
Constellation: Coma Berenices
Distance: 50 mly
Right Ascension: 12h 36m 20.5s
Declination: +25° 59´ 16"
Visual Magnitude: 9.5
Apparent Dimension: 15.8´ X 2.1´
Best Month To View: Mar

NGC 4565 (also known as the Needle Galaxy or Caldwell 38) is an edge-on spiral galaxy about 30 to 50 million light-years away in the constellation Coma Berenices. The 10th magnitude galaxy sits perpendicular to our own Milky Way galaxy and is almost directly above the North Galactic Pole (in the same way Polaris is located above the Earth's North Pole).