May

The Object of the Month of May is NGC 2903, a barred spiral galaxy in the constellation Leo the Lion.

NGC2903 is one of the brighter galaxies visible from the northern hemisphere. One of Messier's big misses!

Through a small to medium telescope, it has a bright center with hints of spiral arms.

It is located near the lion's head, near the lion's mouth.

Just a little smaller than our own Milky Way, NGC 2903 is about 80,000 light-years across and about 20 million
light-years away.

Finder Chart

 

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