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public LocationGreenwich, UK
TimezoneEurope/London
Sunrise: 5:07 
Transit: 13:06 
Sunset: 21:04
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IC 259 - Lenticular Galaxy in Perseus

Above the horizon.  Circumpolar today
Alt: 29.09°   Az: 300.68°   Direction: West-North-West

IC 259 is a Lenticular Galaxy in the Perseus constellation. IC 259 is situated north of the celestial equator and, as such, it is more easily visible from the northern hemisphere. Given its B magnitude of 15.5, IC 259 is visible only through long exposure photography.

The image below is a photograph of IC 259 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 259 - Lenticular Galaxy in Perseus star
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DSS2 image of IC 259 in the Red band. The green region on the image is a representation of the major (0.69 arcmin) and minor (0.53 arcmin) axes of the object's apparent size.

Celestial Coordinates

Apparent

02h 51m 15s
+41° 09’ 20”
06h 14m 02s
09h 05m 18s

J2000

02h 49m 41s
+41° 03’ 18”

Finder Chart

The simplified sky charts below show the position of IC 259 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 259 - Lenticular Galaxy in Perseus star
Simplified finder chart for IC 259 - Lenticular Galaxy in Perseus.

Finder chart IC 259 - Lenticular Galaxy in Perseus star
Simplified finder chart for IC 259 - Lenticular Galaxy in Perseus.

Photometric Information

The following table lists the magnitude of IC 259 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).

15.5
11.78
11.11
10.84

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 259.

23.3 mag/arcsec2

Apparent Size

The following table reports IC 259 apparent angular size. The green area displayed on top of the DSS2 image of IC 259 is a visual representation of it.
0.69 arcmin
0.53 arcmin
130°

Morphological Classification

IC 259 - Lenticular Galaxy in Perseus is classified as Lenticular (S0) according to the Hubble and de Vaucouleurs galaxy morphological classification. The diagram below shows a visual representation of the position of IC 259 - Lenticular Galaxy in Perseus in the Hubble de Vaucouleurs sequence.

IC 259 - Lenticular Galaxy in Perseus
Visualization of the morphological classification of IC 259 - Lenticular Galaxy in Perseus, Lenticular (S0).
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

IC 259 - Lenticular Galaxy in Perseus is circumpolar and transits at 07:00 UTC (altitude: 79.7°)