Last updated on 9 September 2017
Coordinates: 13h 05m 27.5s, −49° 28′ 06″
NGC 4945 is a barred spiral galaxy in the constellation Centaurus, visible near the star Zeta Centauri. The galaxy was discovered by James Dunlop in 1826 and is thought to be similar to the Milky Way Galaxy, although X-ray observations show that NGC 4945 has an unusual energetic Seyfert 2 nucleus that might house a supermassive black hole. This object has an estimated mass of +1.4
−0.7×106 M☉. 1.4
NGC 4945 one of the brightest galaxies of the Centaurus A/M83 Group, a large, nearby group of galaxies. The galaxy is the second brightest galaxy in the subgroup centered on Centaurus A.
In popular culture
NGC 4945 is the title of a song by Brett Domino on the album "Funk".
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