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RA: 14h 03m 38.29s
Dec: −33° 58′ 49.5″
Ch: MSA:910, U2:371, SA:21
Type: galaxy (radio), S...
Mag: B=12.4, V=11.33
Size: 3.89′ x 3.09′
Discovered by John Herschel at the Cape of Good Hope with an 18-inch f/13 speculum telescope. He recorded it as "pretty bright, pretty large, round, gradually brighter in the middle; 50 arcseconds." His second observation was recorded as "pretty bright, round, gradually much brighter in the middle; 25 arcseconds." The final observation saw it as "pretty bright, pretty large, round, gradually pretty much brighter in the middle; 50 arcseconds."
Burnham calls this a 12.4 mag elliptical galaxy in Centaurus, 1' x 0.7', pretty bright, pretty large, round and gradually pretty much brighter in the middle.
The RNGC (Sulentic and Tifft 1973) notes that this is a galaxy. Their coded description reads E,R,BM.
The Messier objects
The Bennett objects
The Caldwell list
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