NGC 4697

Alt. Designations: NGC 4697
Object Type: elliptic galaxy
Constellation: Virgo
Distance: 44 mly
Right Ascension: 12h 48m 35.8s
Declination: -05° 48´ 00"
Visual Magnitude: 9.2
Apparent Dimension: 7.2´ X 4.7´
Best Month To View: Apr

NGC 4697 is an elliptical galaxy some 40 to 50 million light-years away in the constellation Virgo. It is a member of the NGC 4697 Group, a group of galaxies also containing NGC 4731 and several generally much smaller galaxies. This group is about 55 million light-years away; it is one of the many Virgo II Groups, which form a southern extension of the Virgo Supercluster of galaxies.