NGC 4526

NGC 4526

NGC 4526
NGC 4526 with SN 1994D @ bottom left
Supernova SN 1994D (lower left) in the outskirts of NGC 4526
Observation data (J2000 epoch)
Constellation Virgo
Right ascension 12h 34m 03.029s[1]
Declination +07° 41′ 56.90″[1]
Redshift 0.001494±0.000027
Helio radial velocity 448±8 km/s[2]
Distance 55±Mly (16.9±1.6 Mpc)[3]
Type SAB(s)0°[4]
Apparent dimensions (V) 7′.2 × 2′.4[2]
Apparent magnitude (V) 10.7[2]
Other designations
NGC 4560,[2] UGC 7718,[2] PGC 41772[2]

NGC 4526 is a lenticular galaxy in the Virgo constellation that is seen nearly edge-on. The morphological classification is SAB(s)0°,[4] which indicates a lenticular structure with a weak bar across the center and pure spiral arms without a ring.[5] It belongs to the Virgo cluster and is one of the brightest known lenticular galaxies.[4] The inner nucleus of this galaxy displays a rise in stellar orbital motion that indicates the presence of a central dark mass. The best fit model for the motion of molecular gas in the core region suggests there is a supermassive black hole with about 4.5+4.2
(450 million) times the mass of the Sun.[6] This is the first object to have its black-hole mass estimated by measuring the rotation of gas molecules around its centre with an Astronomical interferometer (in this case the Combined Array for Research in Millimeter-wave Astronomy).

Supernova SN 1969E was discovered in this galaxy in 1969, reaching a peak magnitude of 16.[7] In 1994, a Type 1a supernova was discovered about two weeks before reaching peak brightness. Designated SN 1994D, it was caused by the explosion of a white dwarf star composed of carbon and oxygen.[8]


  • Gallery 1
  • See also 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4


See also


  1. ^ a b Skrutskie, M. F.; et al. (February 2006), "The Two Micron All Sky Survey (2MASS)", Astrophysical Journal 131 (2): 1163–1183,  
  2. ^ a b c d e f "NASA/IPAC Extragalactic Database", Results for NGC 4526, retrieved 2006-10-18. 
  3. ^ Tonry, J. L.; et al. (2001), "The SBF Survey of Galaxy Distances. IV. SBF Magnitudes, Colors, and Distances", Astrophysical Journal 546 (2): 681–693,  
  4. ^ a b c Burstein, D. (November 1979), "Structure and origin of S0 galaxies. I - Surface photometry of S0 galaxies", Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series 41: 435–450,  
  5. ^ Buta, Ronald J.; et al. (2007), Atlas of Galaxies, Cambridge University Press, pp. 13–17,  
  6. ^ Davis, Timothy A.; et al. (February 2013), "A black-hole mass measurement from molecular gas kinematics in NGC4526", Nature 494 (7437): 328–330,  
  7. ^ Kowal, C. T.; Sargent, W. L. W. (November 1971), "Supernovae discovered since 1885", Astronomical Journal 41: 756–764,  
  8. ^ Lentz, Eric J.; et al. (August 2001), "Non-LTE Synthetic Spectral Fits to the Type Ia Supernova 1994D in NGC 4526", The Astrophysical Journal 557 (1): 756–764,  
  9. ^ "The whirling disc of NGC 4526". ESA/Hubble. Retrieved 20 October 2014. 

External links

  • Lost Galaxy (NGC4526) in Virgo