NGC 4731

Alt. Designations: NGC 4731
Object Type: barred spiral galaxy
Constellation: Virgo
Distance: 65 mly
Right Ascension: 12h 51m 01.0s
Declination: -06° 23´ 33"
Visual Magnitude: 11.5
Apparent Dimension: 6.6´ X 4.2´
Best Month To View: Apr

Barred spiral galaxy NGC 4731 lies some 65 million light-years away in the large Virgo cluster of galaxies. Its broad spiral arms are distorted by gravitational interaction with a fellow Virgo cluster member, giant elliptical galaxy NGC 4697. NGC 4731 is well over 100,000 light-years across. NGC 4731A can be seen near the bottom of this frame.