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Messier 95

NGC 3351, LEDA 32007, MCG+02-28-001, UGC 5850, Messier 95, h 743, GC 2184

RA: 10h 43m 57.7s
Dec: +11° 42′ 12.7″

Con: Leo
Ch: MSA:730, U2:190, SA:13


(reference key)

Type: galaxy (in group), SBb

Mag: B=11.2, V=?

Size: 7.585′ x 4.466′
PA: 13°

History and Accurate Positions for the NGC/IC Objects (Corwin 2004)

NGC 3351 = M 95 = H I 26. See NGC 3345.

Historical observations

William Herschel (c.1784)

In the Appendix to the 1912 'Scientific Papers of Sir William Herschel' this object is described as "1784, March 11. A fine, bright nebula, much brighter in the middle than at the extremes, of a pretty considerable extent, perhaps 3' or 4' or more. The middle seems to be of the magnitude of 3 or 4 stars joined together, but not exactly round; from the brightest part of it there is a sudden transition to the nebulous part, so that I should call it cometic."

Published comments

Doig, P. (1925)

Doig, P. (1925) Notes on the nebulae and clusters in Webb's 'Celestial Objects for Common Telescopes' (Sixth edition, Vol.ii). Part II. M.N.R.A.S., 35(8), 280.

Sulentic & Tifft (1973)

(Sulentic and Tifft 1973) notes that this is a 11.0 mag galaxy. Their coded description reads BSB,ALMRG,DKLNS, MUCH PERIPH PDDIF SSTR.

Sandage & Tammann (1975)

Sandage, A. & Tammann, G. A. (1975) Steps toward the Hubble constant. V - The Hubble constant from nearby galaxies and the regularity of the local velocity field. ApJ, 196, 313-328. [1975ApJ...196..313S]

(1975, Astrophysical Journal, 196, 313-328) includes this galaxy in the Leo Group. Members include NGC 3338, NGC 3351, NGC 3368, NGC 3377, NGC 3379, NGC 3384, NGC 3389, NGC 3412, NGC 3489, NGC 3593, NGC 3596, NGC 3605, NGC 3607, NGC 3608, NGC 3623, NGC 3626, NGC 3627, NGC 3628, NGC 3686 & NGC 3810.

Sandage, A. (1961) The Hubble Atlas of Galaxies

This galaxy appears on page 48 of "The Hubble Atlas of Galaxies" by Allan Sandage (1961, Washington, DC).

de Vaucouleurs, G. (1975) M96 Group

de Vaucouleurs, G. (1975) Nearby groups of galaxies. In: Kuiper, G. (ed) Stars and Stellar Systems. Volume 9: Galaxies and the Universe. Chapter 14, p557.

This is the major condensation in the Leo I cloud; it is centred on a dense core (3°x1.5°) including NGC 3351 (M95), NGC 3368 (M96), 3377 3377A 3379 3384 and NGC 3412.

Modern observations

Walter Scott Houston

writes: "They [M95 and M96] are not breathtaking to say the least, and for small telescope users a good description is that they are bright enough to see. M95 is a barred spiral. Most amateur telescopes will show a 10.5 mag central core. Close scrutiny will reveal it to be a gently squared-off circle."

Hartung, E.J. (1968) Astron.Obj.South.Tel

Notes: "10.5cm shows a rather faint small hazy spot. With 30cm it is a bright symmetrical round haze nearly 3' across in a field of a few scattered stars; the outer parts are very faint and there is a small bright nucleus."

Tom Lorenzin

Lorenzin, in the electronic version of "1000+ The Amateur Astronomers' Field Guide to Deep Sky Observing", notes: "9.7M; 4' diameter; medium bright with stellar nucleus; barred spiral with faint bar visible with larger aperture; see photo at HAG-48; 40' W of brighter M-96; !good supernova prospect!."

Ware, Donald J

:" Round, about 3' in diameter with a bright core surrounded by a faint halo. This is a barred spiral."

Brian Skiff

= M95

T&B: br * V=10.2.

7x35mm - sim in siz to M96, brtness, & concen. BS, 29Apr1992, TSP.

7cm - br concen oval nr m9 * @ 30x. 75x: smooth-textured halo rises slowly

then sharply to vconsp *ar nuc. BS, 12Apr1992, Anderson Mesa.

Contemporary observations

Richard Ford

2009 January 25, 01:15 SAST


12-inch f5 (EP: 26mm SW, 20mm UW, 7mm UW)

Conditions: The most clear sky possible. Dark moon and stars magnitude 6 and fainter are visible with the naked eye. Excellent clean sky, limited star flickering and brilliant objects. Limiting Magnitude: 6.2.

Barred Spiral Galaxy located in Leo. Bright, well defined. Fairly low surface brightness. This galaxy has an oval shape with the outer regions just resolvable with a slight dust lane. The galactic nucleus has a very bright central bulge. No stars near the galaxy.

Tom Bryant

2007-03-18 10:30:00

Observing site: Pinnacles overlook

Telescope: C-8

[10h 44m 0s, 11 42m 0s] Bright nucleus, faint disk, no sign of the bar.

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