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Zooming in on the kilonova in NGC 4993

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NGC 4993 (also NGC 4994, ESO 508-18, MCG -4-31-39 and PGC 45657) is a magnitude +12.4 elliptical galaxy (E-SB0, transition from elliptic to lenticular) located 133.7 10 million lightyears away in the constellation Hydra.

The galaxy was discovered by German-British astronomer William Herschel using a 47.5 cm (18.7 inch) f/13 speculum reflector at Windsor Road, Slough, on the 26th March 1789.
The galaxy was rediscovered by John Herschel on the 25th March 1836 and relisted as NGC 4994.

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In August 2017, astronomers reported that the short gamma-ray burst GRB 170817A, of the sort conjectured to be emitted in the collision of two neutron stars, was detected in this galaxy.
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Right ascension 13h 09m 47.2s, Declination 23 23' 4"



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