Quote from the Deep Sky Field Guide to Uranometria 2000:
"Strong, complex curved lanes."
Spiral galaxy NGC 4402 is a member of the Virgo group that is about 10 arc minutes north of giant Elliptical Galaxy M-86. E. Holmberg thought that NGC 4402 may be an irregular galaxy, but more modern observers consider it as a nearly edge-on spiral Galaxy. This galaxy was the host of Supernova 1976B, a Type Ib supernova that reached a maximum magnitude of 15.2.
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George Normandin, KAS
June 24th, 2003