Object name: NGC3344
NGC 3344 is a much neglected nearby classic face on barred spiral in Leo Minor. At a distance of only 25 million light-years according to the HST website, it is surprisingly poorly known. It was on my list as being a Herschel 400 object. I've been slowly picking these up as time permits. This one happens to be very photogenic but much overlooked. The NGC Project classifies it as Sc ignoring the bar. NED gives the more generally accepted classification of (R)SAB(r)bc. While redshift puts it some 41 million light-years away other measurements put it much closer. The HST, using both a type one supernova and some easily resolved Cepheid variable stars puts it at a more reasonable 25 million light-years which also matches the resolution the HST gives on the galaxy. See: http://www.spacetelescope.org/images/potw1242a/ for the full story and images.
Related Designation(s):11HUGS 204, 2MASS J10433109+2455207, 2MASX J10433114+2455199, 2MASXi J1043308+245522, 2MIG 1471, AKARI J1043311+245526, CGCG 1040.7+2510, CGCG 124-060, CXO J104331.11+245520.9, GB6 J1043+2455, HDCE 0595 NED003, HIPASS J1043+24, IRAS 10407+2511, IRAS F10407+2511, ISOSS J10435+2454, KIG 0435, LDCE 0743 NED006, MCG +04-25-046, NGC 3344, NGC 3344:[L2011a] X0004, NGC3344, NSA 137919, PGC 031968, SSTSL2 J104331.07+245520.9, UGC 05840, UZC J104330.8+245520, [SLK2004] 0597, [WB92] 1040+2509,