Object name: NGC4242
NGC 4242 is a very low surface brightness spiral galaxy in Canes Venatici about 1.75 degrees south of much better known M106. It may, in fact, be related to M106 as its distance is 33 million light-years based on cosmological redshift and 22 million light-years by an average of various non-redshift measurements that are likely more accurate. This is about the same as the 23.5 million light-year distance often cited for M106. Assuming it is a companion they are a minimum of only about 700,000 light-years apart much closer than we are to M32 (for now that is). In its center where I'd expect the core to be there is a starlike object. It's PSF is similar to a star indicating whatever it is unresolved at my seeing. Is it the core or is it a star in our galaxy that happens to be perfectly aligned?
Related Designation(s):11HUGS 263, ASK 319589.0, BTS 111, CGCG 1215.0+4553, CGCG 243-061, HIJASS J1217+45, LGG 290:[G93] 002, MCG +08-22-098, NGC 4242, NGC4242, NSA 141062, PGC 039423, SDSS J121730.17+453709.4, SDSS J121730.18+453709.5, UGC 07323, USGC U480 NED25, UZC J121730.1+453709, WSRT-CVn [KOV2009] 56, [M98j] 170 NED50,