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public LocationGreenwich, UK
TimezoneEurope/London
Sunrise: 5:01 
Transit: 13:04 
Sunset: 21:06
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IC 1256 - Spiral Galaxy in Hercules

Below the horizon.  Rise: 14:11 | Tran: 22:43 | Set: 7:19
Alt: -10.12°   Az: 342.01°   Direction: North-North-West

IC 1256 is a Spiral Galaxy in the Hercules constellation. IC 1256 is situated north of the celestial equator and, as such, it is more easily visible from the northern hemisphere. Given its visual magnitude of 13.55, IC 1256 is visible with the help of a telescope having an aperture of 14 inches (350mm) or more.

The image below is a photograph of IC 1256 from the Digitized Sky Survey 2 (DSS2 - see the credits section) taken in the red channel. The area of sky represented in the image is 0.5000x0.5000 degrees (30.00x30.00 arcmins).

Image of IC 1256 - Spiral Galaxy in Hercules star
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DSS2 image of IC 1256 in the Red band. The green region on the image is a representation of the major (1.28 arcmin) and minor (0.75 arcmin) axes of the object's apparent size.

Celestial Coordinates

Apparent

17h 24m 46s
+26° 27’ 55”
10h 40m 33s
04h 05m 20s

J2000

17h 23m 47s
+26° 29’ 11”

Finder Chart

The simplified sky charts below show the position of IC 1256 in the sky. The first chart has a field of view of 60° while the second one has a field of view of 10°.

Finder chart IC 1256 - Spiral Galaxy in Hercules star
Simplified finder chart for IC 1256 - Spiral Galaxy in Hercules.

Finder chart IC 1256 - Spiral Galaxy in Hercules star
Simplified finder chart for IC 1256 - Spiral Galaxy in Hercules.

Photometric Information

The following table lists the magnitude of IC 1256 in different bands of the electomagnetic spectrum (when available), from the B band (445nm wavelength, corresponding to the Blue color), to the V band ( 551nm wavelength, corresponding to Green/Yellow color), to the J, H, K bands (corresponding to 1220nm, 1630nm, 2190nm wavelengths respectively, which are colors not visible to the human eye).

14.3
13.55
11.59
10.98
10.69

For more information about photometry in astronomy, check the photometric system article on Wikipedia.

The surface brightess reported below is an indication of the brightness per unit of angular area of IC 1256.

23.25 mag/arcsec2

Apparent Size

The following table reports IC 1256 apparent angular size. The green area displayed on top of the DSS2 image of IC 1256 is a visual representation of it.
1.28 arcmin
0.75 arcmin
93°

Morphological Classification

IC 1256 - Spiral Galaxy in Hercules is classified as Spiral (SAb) according to the Hubble and de Vaucouleurs galaxy morphological classification. The diagram below shows a visual representation of the position of IC 1256 - Spiral Galaxy in Hercules in the Hubble de Vaucouleurs sequence.

IC 1256 - Spiral Galaxy in Hercules
Visualization of the morphological classification of IC 1256 - Spiral Galaxy in Hercules, Spiral (SAb).
Credits for the background image: Antonio Ciccolella / M. De Leo / CC BY

Rise and Set Times

Location: Greenwich, UK
Latitude: 51° 28’ 47” N
Longitude: 0° 00’ 00” E
Timezone: Europe/London

Today's IC 1256 - Spiral Galaxy in Hercules rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, UK are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 63.5°
Max altitude: 65.0°
Azimuth: 296.5°