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PGC 40953
A 20th-(B)magnitude elliptical galaxy (type dE0?) in
Virgo (RA 12 28 05, Dec +11 36 25)

Listed in NED as VCC1063 (= Virgo Cluster Catalogue entry 1063). A very low surface brightness dwarf elliptical galaxy. Apparent size 0.2 by 0.2 arcmin; nothing else available. If a member of the Virgo Cluster, about 50 to 65 million light years away, and about 4 thousand light years across.

Wikisky SDSS image of PGC 40953
Above, a contrast-enhanced 2.4 arcmin closeup of PGC 40953
Below, a 12 arcmin wide region centered on the nearly unnoticeable galaxy
Also in the wide field view are PGC 40995 and 41005, 139865, 169337 and 169351
Wikisky SDSS image of region near PGC 40953

PGC 40995
A 17th-(B)magnitude elliptical galaxy (type dE0 N) in
Virgo (RA 12 28 19, Dec +11 42 01)

A dwarf elliptical galaxy of relatively low surface brightness, with a substantially brighter nucleus (hence the "N" in its classification). Based on its recessional velocity of 1460 km/sec, about 65 million light years away, putting it in the Virgo Cluster of galaxies, along with most of its apparent neighbors. Given that and apparent size of 0.45 by 0.45 arcmin, only about 9 thousand light years across.

Wikisky SDSS image of PGC 40995
Above, a 2.4 arcmin wide closeup of PGC 40995 and to its southwest, PGC 169351
Below, a 12 arcmin wide region centered on the galaxy and numerous others, including NGC 4452,
IC 3381, PGC 40953 and 41035, and PGC objects 139865, 169351, 169360 and 169363
Wikisky SDSS image of region near PGC 40995
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