NGC 3259

NGC 3259 is a barred spiral galaxy located approximately 90[2] million light-years from Earth, in the Ursa Major constellation. It has the morphological classification SAB(rs)bc,[3] which indicates that it is a spiral galaxy with a weak bar across the nucleus (SAB), an incomplete inner ring structure circling the bar (rs), and moderate to loosely wound spiral arms (bc).[4] This galaxy is a known source of X-ray emission and it has an active galactic nucleus of the Seyfert 2 type.[2]

NGC 3259
NGC 3259 by Hubble
NGC 3259 is a bright barred spiral galaxy located approximately 110 million light-years from Earth.
Observation data (J2000 epoch)
ConstellationUrsa Major
Right ascension10h 32m 34.816s[1]
Declination+65° 02′ 27.79″[1]
Helio radial velocity+1,677[2] km/s
Distance89.7 Mly (27.5 Mpc)[2]
Mass1.26 × 1010[2] M
Other designations
UGC 5717


  1. ^ a b Skrutskie, M. F.; et al. (February 2006), "The Two Micron All Sky Survey (2MASS)", The Astronomical Journal, 131 (2): 1163–1183, Bibcode:2006AJ....131.1163S, doi:10.1086/498708.
  2. ^ a b c d e Seth, Anil; et al. (May 2008), "The Coincidence of Nuclear Star Clusters and Active Galactic Nuclei", The Astrophysical Journal, 678 (1): 116–130, arXiv:0801.0439, Bibcode:2008ApJ...678..116S, doi:10.1086/528955. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "Springob2005" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
  3. ^ a b Hughes, M. A.; et al. (August 2003), "An Atlas of Hubble Space Telescope Spectra and Images of Nearby Spiral Galaxies", The Astronomical Journal, 126 (2): 742–761, Bibcode:2003AJ....126..742H, doi:10.1086/376744.
  4. ^ Buta, Ronald J.; et al. (2007), Atlas of Galaxies, Cambridge University Press, pp. 13–17, ISBN 0521820480.

Coordinates: Sky map 10h 32m 34.816s, +65° 02′ 27.79″

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