NGC 4244, Silver Needle Galaxy
The galaxy NGC 4244 was discovered on March 17, 1787 by the German-British astronomer Friedrich Wilhelm (William) Herschel with his 18.7 inch reflecting telescope.  This is a spiral galaxy, which we are looking at directly on the edge. It is at a distance of about 3.1 to 5.7 Mpc (10 to 18 million light years).  It belongs to the Canes Venatici I galaxy group, which also includes M 94, which is a subgroup of the Virgo galaxy cluster.
|Designations||PGC 39422: NGC 4244, UGC 7322, MCG 6-27-45, CGCG 187-35, IRAS 12150+3804|
|Right Ascension (J2000.0)||12h 17m 29.9s|
|Declination (J2000.0)||+37° 48' 26"|
|Dimensions||15.9' x 1.8'|
|Visual Magnitude||10.7 mag|
|Radial Velocity (HRV)||243 km/s|
The galaxy NGC 4244 is located in the constellation Canes Venatici. The best time to view this circumpolar constellation is February to July, when it is highest at night.