Astronomy:NGC 6300

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Galaxy in the constellation Ara
NGC 6300
ESO’s New Technology Telescope Revisits NGC 6300.jpg
NGC 6300 as seen through the New Technology Telescope (NTT)
Observation data (J2000 epoch)
ConstellationAra
Right ascension 17h 16m 59.5s[1]
Declination−62° 49′ 40″[1]
Redshift0.003699±0.000010[1]
Helio radial velocity1109±3 km/s[1]
Galactocentric velocity997±5 km/s[1]
Distance (comoving)15.6 million parsecs
Distance50.9 million light years
Characteristics
TypeSB(rs)b[1]
Size64,000 light years
Apparent size (V)4.30′ × 2.8′[2]
Other designations
ESO 101-25, VV 734, IRAS17123-6245 and PGC 60001
References: NASA/IPAC extragalactic datatbase, http://spider.seds.org/

NGC 6300 is a barred Seyfert spiral galaxy located in the constellation Ara. It is classified as SB(rs)b in the galaxy morphological classification scheme and was discovered by the Scottish astronomer James Dunlop on 30 June 1826.[3] NGC 6300 is located at about 51 million light years away from Earth. It is suspected that a massive black hole (300,000 times the mass of Sun) may be at its center, pulling all the nearby objects into it. In turn, it emits large amounts of X-rays.[1][4][5]

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