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NGC 4950 (= PGC 45294)
Discovered (Jun 3, 1834) by
John Herschel
A 14th magnitude spiral galaxy (type SB(s)0) in Centaurus (RA 13 05 36.4, Dec -43 30 01)
Based on a recessional velocity of 2795 km/sec, NGC 4950 is about 130 million light years away. Given that and its apparent size of 0.9 by 0.7 arcmins, it is about 35 thousand light years across.
Wikisky image of NGC 4950
Above, a 2.4 arcmin wide closeup of NGC 4950
Below, a 12 arcmin wide region centered on the galaxy; also shown is NGC 4946
Wikisky image of region near NGC 4950

NGC 4951 (= PGC 45246)
Discovered (Apr 17, 1784) by
William Herschel
A 12th magnitude spiral galaxy (type SBc?) in Virgo (RA 13 05 07.5, Dec -06 29 39)
Apparent size 3.8 by 1.6 arcmin?

NGC 4952 (=
NGC 4962 = PGC 45233)
Discovered (Mar 13, 1785) by William Herschel (and later listed as NGC 4962)
Discovered (Apr 11, 1785) by William Herschel (and later listed as NGC 4952)
A 12th magnitude elliptical galaxy (type E4?) in Coma Berenices (RA 13 04 58.5, Dec +29 07 21)
Apparent size 1.8 by 1.1 arcmin?

NGC 4953 (= PGC 45349)
Discovered (Jun 26, 1834) by
John Herschel
A 13th magnitude lenticular galaxy (type S0/a?) in Centaurus (RA 13 06 10.3, Dec -37 35 10)
Apparent size 1.2 by 0.9 arcmin?

PGC 45343
Not an NGC object but listed here since sometimes listed as if part of
NGC 4953
A 15th magnitude spiral galaxy (type S??) in Centaurus (RA 13 06 08.1, Dec -37 35 49)
Apparent size 0.6 by 0.4 arcmin?

NGC 4954 (=
NGC 4972 = PGC 44988)
Discovered (Nov 22, 1797) by William Herschel (and later listed as NGC 4972)
Discovered (May 5, 1831) by John Herschel (and later listed as NGC 4954)
A 13th magnitude lenticular galaxy (type S0?) in Draco (RA 13 02 19.3, Dec +75 24 17)
Apparent size 0.8 by 0.6 arcmin?

NGC 4955 (= PGC 45340)
Discovered (Mar 30, 1835) by
John Herschel
A 12th magnitude elliptical galaxy (type E2?) in Hydra (RA 13 06 04.8, Dec -29 45 16)
Apparent size 1.9 by 1.3 arcmin?

NGC 4956 (= PGC 45236)
Discovered (May 1, 1785) by
William Herschel
A 12th magnitude lenticular galaxy (type S0?) in Canes Venatici (RA 13 05 01.0, Dec +35 10 40)
Apparent size 1.5 by 1.5 arcmin?

NGC 4957 (= PGC 45253)
Discovered (Apr 11, 1785) by
William Herschel
A 13th magnitude elliptical galaxy (type E3?) in Coma Berenices (RA 13 05 12.5, Dec +27 34 10)
Apparent size 1.2 by 1.0 arcmin?

NGC 4958 (= PGC 45313)
Discovered (Mar 3, 1786) by
William Herschel
An 11th magnitude lenticular galaxy (type SB0?) in Virgo (RA 13 05 48.9, Dec -08 01 12)
Apparent size 3.9 by 1.4 arcmin?

NGC 4959 (= PGC 45301)
Discovered (Apr 29, 1827) by
John Herschel
A 15th magnitude spiral galaxy (type Sa?) in Canes Venatici (RA 13 05 41.0, Dec +33 10 46)
Apparent size 0.8 by 0.8 arcmin?

NGC 4960 (=
NGC 4961 = PGC 45311)
Discovered (Apr 11, 1785) by William Herschel (and later listed as NGC 4961)
Discovered (Apr 23, 1865) by Heinrich d'Arrest (and later listed as NGC 4960)
A 14th magnitude spiral galaxy (type SBc?) in Coma Berenices (RA 13 05 47.8, Dec +27 44 03)
This entry will primarily deal with historical information; for anything else see NGC 4961.

NGC 4961 (=
NGC 4960 = PGC 45311)
Discovered (Apr 11, 1785) by William Herschel (and later listed as NGC 4961)
Discovered (Apr 23, 1865) by Heinrich d'Arrest (and later listed as NGC 4960)
A 14th magnitude spiral galaxy (type SBc?) in Coma Berenices (RA 13 05 47.8, Dec +27 44 03)
Apparent size 1.6 by 1.1 arcmin?

NGC 4962 (=
NGC 4952 = PGC 45233)
Discovered (Mar 13, 1785) by William Herschel (and later listed as NGC 4962)
Discovered (Apr 11, 1785) by William Herschel (and later listed as NGC 4952)
A 12th magnitude elliptical galaxy (type E4?) in Coma Berenices (RA 13 04 58.5, Dec +29 07 21)
This entry will primarily contain historical information; for anything else see NGC 4952.

NGC 4963 (= PGC 45315)
Discovered (Apr 9, 1787) by
William Herschel
A 13th magnitude spiral galaxy (type S??) in Canes Venatici (RA 13 05 51.9, Dec +41 43 17)
Apparent size 0.8 by 0.8 arcmin?

NGC 4964 (= PGC 45278)
Discovered (Apr 14, 1789) by
William Herschel
A 13th magnitude lenticular galaxy (type S0?) in Ursa Major (RA 13 05 24.8, Dec +56 19 23)
Apparent size 1.1 by 0.6 arcmin?

NGC 4965 (= PGC 45437)
Discovered (May 5, 1834) by
John Herschel
A 12th magnitude spiral galaxy (type SBcd?) in Hydra (RA 13 07 09.2, Dec -28 13 42)
Apparent size 2.4 by 2.0 arcmin?

NGC 4966 (= PGC 45358)
Discovered (Mar 13, 1785) by
William Herschel
A 13th magnitude spiral galaxy (type SBab?) in Coma Berenices (RA 13 06 17.3, Dec +29 03 46)
Apparent size 1.0 by 0.5 arcmin?

NGC 4967 (= PGC 45281)
Discovered (Apr 14, 1789) by
William Herschel
A 14th magnitude elliptical galaxy (type E??) in Ursa Major (RA 13 05 36.4, Dec +53 33 52)
Apparent size 0.5 by 0.4 arcmin?

NGC 4968 (= PGC 45426)
Discovered (Mar 25, 1836) by
John Herschel
A 13th magnitude lenticular galaxy (type SB0?) in Hydra (RA 13 07 06.0, Dec -23 40 37)
Apparent size 1.9 by 0.9 arcmin?

NGC 4969 (= PGC 45425 + "NGC 4969 NED02")
Discovered (Apr 27, 1887) by
Edward Swift (6-52)
A 14th magnitude lenticular galaxy (type S0?) in Virgo (RA 13 07 02.4, Dec +13 38 12)
Accompanied by an unnamed 15th magnitude lenticular galaxy (type S0?) at RA 13 07 03.3, Dec +13 38 12
Apparent size of the brighter galaxy 0.7 by 0.6 arcmin? of the companion, 0.3 by 0.3 arcmin? Swift's assessment of the brightness of the object indicates that the brighter component was at the limit of his ability to detect it, so the fainter component was certainly too faint for him to notice, or to affect his observation. But it appears to usually be considered a part of the NGC "object", and is apparently an actual companion of the brighter galaxy, so it seems appropriate to mention it here.
SDSS image of lenticular galaxies NGC 4969 and its fainter companion
Above, a 2.4 arcmin wide closeup of NGC 4969 and its fainter companion

NGC 4970 (=
IC 4196 = PGC 45466)
Discovered (Mar 26, 1789) by William Herschel (and later listed as NGC 4970)
Discovered (Feb 27, 1898) by Lewis Swift (and later listed as IC 4196)
A 12th magnitude lenticular galaxy (type S0?) in Hydra (RA 13 07 33.6, Dec -24 00 32)
Apparent size 1.8 by 1.0 arcmin?

NGC 4971 (= PGC 45406)
Discovered (Apr 23, 1865) by
Heinrich d'Arrest
A 14th magnitude lenticular galaxy (type SB0?) in Coma Berenices (RA 13 06 54.9, Dec +28 32 55)
Apparent size 1.0 by 1.0 arcmin?

NGC 4972 (=
NGC 4954 = PGC 44988)
Discovered (Nov 22, 1797) by William Herschel (and later listed as NGC 4972)
Discovered (May 5, 1831) by John Herschel (and later listed as NGC 4954)
A 13th magnitude lenticular galaxy (type S0?) in Draco (RA 13 02 19.3, Dec +75 24 17)
The second IC lists a corrected position (per Rumker) of RA 12 59 32, NPD 35 33.9 and adds "= Howe III.19". (This entry will primarily contain historical information; for anything else see NGC 4954.)

NGC 4973 (=
IC 847 = PGC 45280)
Discovered (Apr 14, 1789) by William Herschel (and later listed as NGC 4973)
Discovered (May 11, 1890) by Lewis Swift (and later listed as IC 847)
A 14th magnitude elliptical galaxy (type E0?) in Ursa Major (RA 13 05 32.1, Dec +53 41 08)
The second IC lists a corrected position (per Rumker) of RA 12 59 56, NPD 35 35.4 and adds "= IC 847"; so the identity of the two listings has been known for more than a century. Apparent size 0.7 by 0.7 arcmin?

NGC 4974 (= PGC 45321)
Discovered (Apr 14, 1789) by
William Herschel
A 13th magnitude lenticular galaxy (type S0?) in Ursa Major (RA 13 05 55.9, Dec +53 39 33)
Apparent size 1.4 by 1.2 arcmin?

NGC 4975 (= PGC 45492)
Discovered (Feb 19, 1830) by
John Herschel
A 14th magnitude lenticular galaxy (type S0?) in Virgo (RA 13 07 50.3, Dec -05 01 03)
Apparent size 1.1 by 0.7 arcmin?

NGC 4976 (= PGC 45562)
Discovered (Mar 31, 1835) by
John Herschel
A 10th magnitude elliptical galaxy (type E4?) in Centaurus (RA 13 08 37.4, Dec -49 30 21)
Apparent size 5.6 by 3.0 arcmin?

NGC 4977 (= PGC 45339)
Discovered (Apr 14, 1789) by
William Herschel
A 14th magnitude spiral galaxy (type Sb?) in Ursa Major (RA 13 06 04.4, Dec +55 39 24)
Apparent size 2.0 by 2.0 arcmin?

NGC 4978 (= PGC 45494)
Discovered (Mar 23, 1827) by
John Herschel
A 13th magnitude lenticular galaxy (type S0/a?) in Coma Berenices (RA 13 07 50.4, Dec +18 24 58)
Apparent size 1.5 by 0.8 arcmin?

NGC 4979 (=
IC 4198 = PGC 45484)
Discovered (Apr 10, 1785) by William Herschel (and later listed as NGC 4979)
Discovered (Jun 20, 1895) by Stephane Javelle (and later listed as IC 4198)
A 14th magnitude galaxy (type SB?) in Coma Berenices (RA 13 07 42.8, Dec +24 48 40)
Apparent size 1.0 by 0.7 arcmin?

NGC 4980 (= PGC 45596)
Discovered (Mar 30, 1835) by
John Herschel
A 13th magnitude spiral galaxy (type SBa?) in Hydra (RA 13 09 10.1, Dec -28 38 30)
Apparent size 1.6 by 0.7 arcmin?

NGC 4981 (= PGC 45574)
Discovered (Apr 17, 1784) by
William Herschel
An 11th magnitude spiral galaxy (type SBbc?) in Virgo (RA 13 08 48.7, Dec -06 46 39)
Apparent size 2.8 by 1.9 arcmin?

NGC 4982
Recorded (1878) by
Wilhelm Tempel (V)
A group of four stars in Virgo (RA 13 08 46.1, Dec -10 35 17)

NGC 4983 (= PGC 45542)
Discovered (Apr 11, 1785) by
William Herschel
A 14th magnitude lenticular galaxy (type SB0/a?) in Coma Berenices (RA 13 08 27.4, Dec +28 19 15)
Apparent size 1.1 by 0.7 arcmin?

NGC 4984 (= PGC 45585)
Discovered (Feb 8, 1785) by
William Herschel
An 11th magnitude lenticular galaxy (type SB0/a?) in Virgo (RA 13 08 57.1, Dec -15 30 57)
Apparent size 3.6 by 2.5 arcmin?

NGC 4985 (= PGC 45522)
Discovered (Apr 9, 1787) by
William Herschel
A 14th magnitude lenticular galaxy (type S0?) in Canes Venatici (RA 13 08 12.0, Dec +41 40 37)
Apparent size 1.3 by 1.2 arcmin?

NGC 4986 (= PGC 45538)
Discovered (May 1, 1785) by
William Herschel
A 13th magnitude spiral galaxy (type SBb?) in Canes Venatici (RA 13 08 24.5, Dec +35 12 19)
Apparent size 1.7 by 0.9 arcmin?

NGC 4987 (= PGC 45502)
Discovered (Apr 26, 1789) by
William Herschel
A 13th magnitude elliptical galaxy (type E4?) in Canes Venatici (RA 13 07 59.0, Dec +51 55 46)
Apparent size 1.2 by 0.7 arcmin?

NGC 4988 (= PGC 45671)
Discovered (Jun 3, 1834) by
John Herschel
A 13th magnitude lenticular galaxy (type S0/a?) in Centaurus (RA 13 09 54.2, Dec -43 06 20)
Apparent size 1.7 by 0.5 arcmin?

NGC 4989 (= PGC 45606)
Discovered (Apr 17, 1784) by
William Herschel
A 13th magnitude lenticular galaxy (type S0?) in Virgo (RA 13 09 16.0, Dec -05 23 47)
Apparent size 1.6 by 0.9 arcmin?

NGC 4990 (= PGC 45608)
Discovered (Mar 23, 1865) by
Heinrich d'Arrest
A 14th magnitude lenticular galaxy (type S0?) in Virgo (RA 13 09 17.3, Dec -05 16 21)
Apparent size 1.0 by 0.8 arcmin?

NGC 4991 (= PGC 45604)
Discovered (Apr 30, 1864) by
Albert Marth (246)
A 15th magnitude spiral galaxy (type Sb?) in Virgo (RA 13 09 15.2, Dec +02 20 54)
Apparent size 0.6 by 0.4 arcmin?

NGC 4992 (= PGC 45593)
Discovered (Apr 4, 1831) by
John Herschel
A 13th magnitude spiral galaxy (type Sa?) in Virgo (RA 13 09 05.7, Dec +11 38 03)
Apparent size 1.2 by 0.7 arcmin?

NGC 4993 (=
NGC 4994 = PGC 45657)
Discovered (Mar 26, 1789) by William Herschel (and later listed as NGC 4993)
Discovered (Mar 25, 1836) by John Herschel (and later listed as NGC 4994)
A 12th magnitude lenticular galaxy (type E/SB0?) in Hydra (RA 13 09 47.6, Dec -23 23 02)
Apparent size 1.3 by 1.1 arcmin?

NGC 4994 (=
NGC 4993 = PGC 45657)
Discovered (Mar 26, 1789) by William Herschel (and later listed as NGC 4993)
Discovered (Mar 25, 1836) by John Herschel (and later listed as NGC 4994)
A 12th magnitude lenticular galaxy (type E/SB0?) in Hydra (RA 13 09 47.6, Dec -23 23 02)
This entry will only contain historical information; for anything else see NGC 4993.

NGC 4995 (= PGC 45643)
Discovered (Apr 25, 1784) by
William Herschel
An 11th magnitude spiral galaxy (type SBb?) in Virgo (RA 13 09 40.6, Dec -07 49 59)
Apparent size 2.4 by 1.7 arcmin?

NGC 4996 (= PGC 45629)
Discovered (Mar 28, 1864) by
Albert Marth (247)
A 13th magnitude lenticular galaxy (type SB0/a?) in Virgo (RA 13 09 31.8, Dec +00 51 27)
Apparent size 1.8 by 1.4 arcmin?

NGC 4997 (= PGC 45667)
Discovered (Mar 28, 1878) by
Sherburne Burnham
A 13th magnitude lenticular galaxy (type E/S0?) in Virgo (RA 13 09 51.6, Dec -16 30 55)
Apparent size 1.4 by 0.9 arcmin?

NGC 4998 (= PGC 45537)
Discovered (Apr 26, 1789) by
William Herschel
A 15th magnitude spiral galaxy (type Sc?) in Canes Venatici (RA 13 08 10.3, Dec +50 39 52)
Apparent size 0.9 by 0.8 arcmin?

NGC 4999 (= PGC 45632)
Discovered (Feb 24, 1786) by
William Herschel
A 12th magnitude spiral galaxy (type SBb?) in Virgo (RA 13 09 33.2, Dec +01 40 21)
Apparent size 2.3 by 1.9 arcmin?
SDSS image of spiral galaxy NGC 4999
Above, a 2.4 arcmin wide closeup of NGC 4999
Below, a 12 arcmin wide region centered on the galaxy
SDSS image of region near spiral galaxy NGC 4999
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