Messier 95 (also known as M95 or NGC 3351) is a w:barred spiral galaxy about 33 million w:light-years away in the w:constellation Leo. It was discovered by w:Pierre Méchain in w:1781, and catalogued by w:Charles Messier four days later.

Messier 95
M95. Credit: w:NASA
Observation data (w:J2000 epoch)
Right ascension10h 43m 57.7s[1]
Declination+11° 42′ 14″[1]
Redshift778 ± 4 km/s[1]
Distance32.6 ± 1.4 Mly (10.0 ± 0.4 Mpc)[2]
Apparent dimensions (V)3′.1 × 2′.9[1]
Apparent magnitude (V)11.4[1]
Other designations
NGC 3351,[1] UGC 5850,[1] PGC 32007[1]


The center of the galaxy contains a ring-shaped circumnuclear star-forming region with a diameter of approximately 2000 ly (600 pc).[3]

Galaxy group information

M95 is one of several galaxies within the w:M96 Group, a w:group of galaxies in the w:constellation Leo. The group also includes the w:Messier objects M96 and M105.[4][5][6][7]

External links


  1. a b c d e f g h i "NASA/IPAC Extragalactic Database". Results for NGC 3351. Retrieved 2007-10-03.
  2. Jensen, Joseph B.; Tonry, John L.; Barris, Brian J.; Thompson, Rodger I.; Liu, Michael C.; Rieke, Marcia J.; Ajhar, Edward A.; Blakeslee, John P. (2003). "Measuring Distances and Probing the Unresolved Stellar Populations of Galaxies Using Infrared Surface Brightness Fluctuations". Astrophysical Journal. 583 (2): 712–726. doi:10.1086/345430. {{cite journal}}: Unknown parameter |month= ignored (help)CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  3. L. Colina, M. L. Garcia Vargas, J. M. Mas-Hesse, A. Alberdi, A. Krabbe (1997). "Nuclear Star-forming Structures and the Starburst–Active Galactic Nucleus Connection in Barred Spirals NGC 3351 and NGC 4303". The Astrophysical Journal Letters. 484: L41–L45. doi:10.1086/310766.{{cite journal}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  4. R. B. Tully (1988). Nearby Galaxies Catalog. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-35299-1.
  5. P. Fouque, E. Gourgoulhon, P. Chamaraux, G. Paturel (1992). "Groups of galaxies within 80 Mpc. II - The catalogue of groups and group members". Astronomy and Astrophysics Supplement. 93: 211–233.{{cite journal}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  6. A. Garcia (1993). "General study of group membership. II - Determination of nearby groups". Astronomy and Astrophysics Supplement. 100: 47–90.
  7. G. Giuricin, C. Marinoni, L. Ceriani, A. Pisani (2000). "Nearby Optical Galaxies: Selection of the Sample and Identification of Groups". Astrophysical Journal. 543: 178–194. doi:10.1086/317070.{{cite journal}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)