IC 256 - Elliptical Galaxy in Perseus
IC 256 is a Elliptical Galaxy in the Perseus constellation. IC 256 is situated north of the celestial equator and, as such, it is more easily visible from the northern hemisphere.
See also IC 256 rise and set times.
Given its B magnitude of 14.31, IC 256 is visible with the help of a telescope having an aperture of 14 inches (350mm) or more.
Photometric information of IC 256
The following table lists the magnitude of IC 256 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.
Apparent size of IC 256The following table reports IC 256 apparent angular size. The green area displayed on top of the DSS2 image of IC 256 is a visual representation of it.
Digitized Sky Survey image of IC 256
The image below is a photograph of IC 256 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 256 - Elliptical Galaxy in Perseus morphological classification
IC 256 - Elliptical Galaxy in Perseus is classified as Elliptical (E) according to the Hubble and de Vaucouleurs galaxy morphological classification. The diagram below shows a visual representation of the position of IC 256 - Elliptical Galaxy in Perseus in the Hubble de Vaucouleurs sequence.
Celestial coordinates and finder chart of IC 256
Celestial coordinates for the J2000 equinox of IC 256 are provided in the following table:
The simplified sky charts below show the position of IC 256 in the sky. The first chart has a field of view of 60° while the second one has a field of view of 10°.
Rise ans set times of IC 256 from your location
IC 256 - Elliptical Galaxy in Perseus is circumpolar and transits at 02:42 UTC (altitude: 85.5°)