NGC 3877

Spiral Galaxy NGC 3877 (= H I.201), type Sc, in Ursa Major

[NGC 3877 image]
Right Ascension 11 : 46.1 (h:m)
Declination +47 : 30 (deg:m)
Distance 50000 (kly)
Visual brightness 11.8 (mag)
Apparent dimension 5.5 x 1.3 (arc min)

NGC 3877 was discovered by William Herschel on February 5, 1788. It is best found from the 3.7-mag star Chi Ursae Majoris, which is almost exactly 15 arc minutes north of the galaxy.

This spiral galaxy is receding from us at 902 km/s. It is a member of the Ursa Major Cloud or Cluster of Galaxies, which also contains M 109.

  • SIMBAD Data for NGC 3877
  • NED Data for NGC 3877
  • NGC Online data for NGC 3877
  • Observing Reports for NGC 3877 (IAAC Netastrocatalog)

    Supernova 1998S

    On March 3, 1998, supernova 1998S occurred in NGC 3877 and reached an apparent brightness of magnitude 12.1, thus competing with the whole galaxy ! Our image, taken by the Harvard CfA on March 20, 1998, shows the appearance of this event. From its spectrum (also obtained at CfA/Harvard), this supernova was classified as of type IIn.

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    Hartmut Frommert [contact]