Quote from the Deep Sky Field Guide to Uranometria 2000:
Small, very bright nucleus in smooth inner lens .33x.17 arc minutes, two main knotty arms. Very bright star at 2.7 minutes.
Based on the published red shift, (Hubble Constant of 62 Km/sec per Mpc) a rough distance estimate is 68 million light years, with a diameter of about 177,000 light years.
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George Normandin, KAS
April 5th, 2000
Revised: April 18th, 2001