IC 2142 - Spiral Galaxy in Mensa
IC 2142 is a Spiral Galaxy in the Mensa constellation. IC 2142 is situated close to the southern celestial pole and, as such, it is easilty visible for most part of the year from the southern hemisphere.
See also IC 2142 rise and set times.
Given its B magnitude of 15.52, IC 2142 is visible only through long exposure photography.
Photometric information of IC 2142
The following table lists the magnitude of IC 2142 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).
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 2142.
Apparent size of IC 2142The following table reports IC 2142 apparent angular size. The green area displayed on top of the DSS2 image of IC 2142 is a visual representation of it.
Digitized Sky Survey image of IC 2142
The image below is a photograph of IC 2142 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 0.5x0.5 degrees (30x30 arcmins).
IC 2142 - Spiral Galaxy in Mensa morphological classification
IC 2142 - Spiral Galaxy in Mensa is classified as Spiral (SAbc) according to the Hubble and de Vaucouleurs galaxy morphological classification. The diagram below shows a visual representation of the position of IC 2142 - Spiral Galaxy in Mensa in the Hubble de Vaucouleurs sequence.
Celestial coordinates and finder chart of IC 2142
Celestial coordinates for the J2000 equinox of IC 2142 are provided in the following table:
The simplified sky charts below show the position of IC 2142 in the sky. The first chart has a field of view of 60° while the second one has a field of view of 10°.