NGC 3783

Last updated on 31 October 2016

NGC 3783 is a barred spiral galaxy located about 30[4] million light years away in the constellation Centaurus.[6] It is inclined by an angle of 23° to the line of sight from the Earth along a position angle of about 163°. The morphological classification of SBa[5] indicates a bar structure across the center (B) and tightly-wound spiral arms (a).[7] Although not shown by this classification, observers note the galaxy has a luminous inner ring surrounding the bar structure. The bright compact nucleus is active and categorized as a Seyfert 1 type. This nucleus is a strong source of X-ray emission and undergoes variations in emission across the electromagnetic spectrum.[5]

The source of the activity in this galaxy is a rapidly rotating supermassive black hole, which is located at the core and is surrounded by an accretion disk of dust.[8] The estimated mass of this black hole is 8.7 million ([8.7 ± 1.1] × 106) times the mass of the Sun.[9] Interferometric observations yield an inner radius of 0.52 ± 0.16 ly (0.16 ± 0.05 pc) for the orbiting torus of dust.[10]

This is a member of a loose association of 47 galaxies known as the NGC 3783 group. Located at a mean distance of 117 million light-years (36 Mpc), the group is centered at coordinates α = 11h 37m 12s, δ = –37° 30′ 57.6″: equivalent to about 870×10^3 ly (267 kpc) from NGC 3783. The NGC 3783 group has a mean velocity of 2,903 ± 26 km/s with respect to the Sun and a velocity dispersion of 190 ± 24 km/s. The diffuse X-ray emission of the group is roughly centered on the galaxy NGC 3783.[11]

Artist%27s impression of the surroundings of the supermassive black hole in NGC 3783.jpg
Artist's impression of the surroundings of the supermassive black hole in NGC 3783.jpg
This video shows an artist’s impression of the dusty wind emanating from the black hole at the centre of galaxy NGC 3783


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  5. ^ a b c d García-Barreto, J. A.; et al. (August 1999), "HI spatial distribution in the galaxy NGC 3783", Astronomy and Astrophysics, 348: 685–692, Bibcode:1999A&A...348..685G, arXiv:astro-ph/9906492Freely accessible.
  6. ^ "The active galaxy NGC 3783 in the constellation of Centaurus", European Southern Observatory, June 20, 2013, retrieved 2013-06-29.
  7. ^ Buta, Ronald J.; et al. (2007), Atlas of Galaxies, Cambridge University Press, pp. 13–17, ISBN 0521820480.
  8. ^ Brenneman, L. W.; et al. (August 2011), "The Spin of the Supermassive Black Hole in NGC 3783", The Astrophysical Journal, 736 (2): 103, Bibcode:2011ApJ...736..103B, arXiv:1104.1172Freely accessible, doi:10.1088/0004-637X/736/2/103.
  9. ^ Onken, Christopher A.; Peterson, Bradley M. (June 2002), "The Mass of the Central Black Hole in the Seyfert Galaxy NGC 3783", The Astrophysical Journal, 572 (2): 746–752, Bibcode:2002ApJ...572..746O, arXiv:astro-ph/0202382Freely accessible, doi:10.1086/340351.
  10. ^ Weigelt, G.; et al. (May 2012), "VLTI/AMBER observations of the Seyfert nucleus of NGC 3783", Astronomy & Astrophysics, 541: L9, Bibcode:2012A&A...541L...9W, arXiv:1204.6122Freely accessible, doi:10.1051/0004-6361/201219213.
  11. ^ Kilborn, Virginia A.; et al. (September 2006), "Gaseous tidal debris found in the NGC 3783 group", Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 371 (2): 739–749, Bibcode:2006MNRAS.371..739K, arXiv:astro-ph/0606463Freely accessible, doi:10.1111/j.1365-2966.2006.10697.x.

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Coordinates: Sky map 11h 39m 01.721s, −-37° 44′ 18.60″

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