Messier 96 (also known as NGC 3368) is an w:intermediate spiral galaxy about 31 million w:light-years away in the w:constellation Leo. It was discovered by w:Pierre Méchain in w:1781.

Messier 96
M95 (left) and M96 (right). Credit:Scott Anttila.
Observation data (w:J2000 epoch)
Right ascension10h 46m 45.7s[1]
Declination+11° 49′ 12″[1]
Redshift897 ± 4 km/s[1]
Distance31 ± 3 Mly (9.6 ± 1.0 Mpc)[2]
Apparent dimensions (V)7′.6 × 5′.2[1]
Apparent magnitude (V)+10.1[1]
Other designations
NGC 3368,[1] UGC 5882,[1] PGC 32192[1]

M96 Group

M96 is the brightest galaxy within the w:M96 Group, a w:group of galaxies in the w:constellation Leo also includes the w:Messier objects M95 and M105, as well as at least nine other galaxies.[3][4][5][6]

External links


  1. a b c d e f g h i "NASA/IPAC Extragalactic Database". Results for NGC 3368. Retrieved 2006-10-24.
  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. R. B. Tully (1988). Nearby Galaxies Catalog. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-35299-1.
  4. 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)
  5. A. Garcia (1993). "General study of group membership. II - Determination of nearby groups". Astronomy and Astrophysics Supplement. 100: 47–90.
  6. 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)