NGC 3184

 

NGC 3184 is an often overlooked target in the spring skies despite its almost perfect face-on shape. Situated at the „leg“ of Ursa Maior, it can be well observed from the winter months until late spring. Being about 50,000 lightyears in diameter, NGC 3184 is about half as extended as our Milky Way. Indication of the distance from Earth varies between 25 to 40 million lightyears.