NGC 3953 lies approximately 56 million
light years away in the constallation of Ursa Major. It spans 111,000
light years, slightly larger than our Milky Way. It is part of the
Ursa Major North galaxy group of which M109 is a member. This galaxy
is a barred spiral with a tightly wound structure surrounding the
bar. It contains many young stars. Supernovae were observed in it
in 2001 and 2206.
Many background galaxies are visible
in this image.