NGC4298 + NGC4302 Galaxies in Coma Berenices

Linked by strong gravitational forces these two very differently looking galaxies NGC4298 + NGC4302 can be found in the constellation of Coma Berenices.Together they are listed as GX-pair Holm 377 or KPG 332.

The blue one,typed SA(rs)c,is NGC4298 and the yellowish,edged-on one,typed Sc,is labeled NGC4302.Their real distance to our milky-way is about 49mio.light-years and both are belonging to the Virgo Galaxy-Cluster (VGC497).

In 1986 the supernova SN 1986E was observed in NGC4302.

Both are about 12mag. bright and sized 3,2′ × 1,9′ and 5,3′ × 1′.

They were first seen by William Herschel in 1784.


position (epoch 2000):


Ra.: 12h 21m 32,7s
Decl.: +14° 36′ 22″



Ra.: 12h 21m 42,2s
Decl.: +14° 35′ 54″


image data:

LRGB image from L = 24x1200s RGB = 7x1200s each,a total of 15.0hours

80cm f/7 AstroOptik Keller corrected cassegrain FLI Proline

16803 Astrodon LRGB Gen-II filters

Prompt 7 CTIO/UNC Chile,remote controlled

image processing: Bernd Flach-Wilken


here you can see these two very differently coloured Galaxies NGC4298 and NGC4302 in a  19,6arc-min.squared-FOV

For full resolution click HERE

here is a more detailed look to these two Coma-Galaxies:


HERE you can take a look to these very diffent looking galaxies with the HST


Last modified on Sunday, 08 March 2020 12:22

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