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NGC 4889 Facts

NGC 4889 is a supergiant galaxy object of interest in space. It lies at a distance of about 308,000,000.00 light years away in the constellation of Coma Berenices.

It is also referred to as NGC(4889) in the New General Catalogue. This is a list of deep space objects that was compiled by John Louis Emil Dreyer in 1888 in an update to John Herschel earlier catalogue.

The Supergiant Galaxy's location is 13 00 08.097 (R.A.) and +27 58 37.29 (Dec.). Its Visual (Apparent) Brightness is 12.90 Magnitude . The object can not be seen by the naked eye from Earth, you need a telescope to see it.

NGC 4889 has a radius of 125,000 light years or to put it another way, it has a diameter of 250,000 light years. It would take a space ship 250,000 years travelling at the speed of light to get from one side to the other.

Travel Time to NGC 4889

The time it will take to travel to this star is dependent on how fast you are going. U.G. has done some calculations as to how long it will take going at differing speeds. A note about the calculations, when I'm talking about years, I'm talking non-leap years only (365 days).

The New Horizons space probe is the fastest probe that we've sent into space at the time of writing. Its primary mission was to visit Pluto which at the time of launch (2006), Pluto was still a planet.

DescriptionSpeed (m.p.h.)Time (years)
Airbus A380736280,638,480,614,130.43
Speed of Sound (Mach 1)767.269269,201,442,690,894.59
Concorde (Mach 2)1,534.54134,600,545,917,343.31
New Horizons Probe33,0006,259,088,537,333.33
Speed of Light670,616,629.00308,000,000.00

Fact File

NameNGC 4889
TypeSupergiant Galaxy
NGC Id4889
ConstellationComa Berenices
Right Ascension13 00 08.097
Declination+27 58 37.29
Distance (Lt.Yr)308,000,000
Radius (Lt.Yr)125,000.00
Visual / Apparent Magnitude12.90
Naked Eye VisibleRequires a 4.5 - 6 Inch Telescope - Magnitudes
DiscovererSir William Herschel
Morphological TypeE4 D
Angular Size1.747 1.118 80 (NIR) C
Radial Velocity6376

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