NGC 4565

NGC 3465 from the GALAX spacecraft.  Click for larger. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

NGC 3465 from the GALAX spacecraft. Click for larger. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Here’s an image from the now decommisioned GALEX spacecraft of the galaxy known as NGC 4565. Sky watchers may know this object from its listing in the Caldwell catalog as Caldwell 38.

This galaxy is ‘only’ 31 million light-years away and shines at a magnitude 9.6 in the constellation Coma Berenices. You too can see this galaxy because at thatbrightness it is well in the range of a small telesope or even binoculars and a dark sky.

Discovered in 1785 by William Herschel in 1785. It is not included in Charles Messiers catalog, probably because we are seeing it more or less edge-on. If we were able to see this full on it could possibly rival even Andromeda for brightness. Even in GALEX’s ultraviolet image we can see the galactic bulge at the center. SEDS has a nice optical image of this galaxy for comparison.

IF you have a telescope and want to check it out, point to: RA 12:36.3 DEC +25:59