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NGC 4954

NGC 4954, NGC 4972, LEDA 44988, MCG+13-09-044, UGC 8157, h 1527, GC 3393

RA: 13h 02m 19.69s
Dec: +75° 24′ 16.1″

Con: Draco
Ch: MSA:525, U2:9, SA:2


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Type: galaxy (in group), S0:

Mag: B=15.3, V=?

Size: 0.954′ x 0.66′
PA: 62°

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

NGC 4954 = NGC 4972, which see.

Historical observations

William Herschel (c.1784)

Synonyms: H III-937

Discovered in 1797 by William Herschel with an 18.7-inch f/13 speculum telescope. He called it "vF, S, iR, bM." The entry III-937 was initially cross-referenced to NGC 4972; a Note in the NGC by Sir John Herschel reads: "h.1527 [NGC 4954] and III.937 [NGC 4972]. These are not impossibly one nebula, but, as both R.A.s and P.D.s differ very much, they may be different and are therefore separately stated." As a reference point, Sir William Herschel used I.274, and Dreyer notes in the 1820 'Catalogue of 500 Additional New Nebulae and Clusters of Stars': "In the sweep the observation of I.274 seems to be inaccurate, but III.937 is between two well determined stars ... and is therefore = h.1527 [NGC 4954]."

Published comments

Sulentic & Tifft (1973)

The RNGC (Sulentic and Tifft 1973) notes that this is a 14.0 mag galaxy. Their coded description reads SLEL,BM.

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