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IC 259 - Lenticular Galaxy

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.

IC 259
Galaxy
Perseus
  • IC 259 is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]. Its current altitude is 6° above the horizon. See also rise and set times.
  • Given its B magnitude of 15.5, IC 259 is visible only through long exposure photography.
Available Resources for IC 259 - Lenticular Galaxy

Photometric information of IC 259

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 of IC 259

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°

Digitized Sky Survey image of IC 259

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 0.5x0.5 degrees (30x30 arcmins).

Image of IC 259 - Lenticular Galaxy 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.

IC 259 - Lenticular Galaxy morphological classification

IC 259 - Lenticular Galaxy 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 the Hubble de Vaucouleurs sequence.

IC 259 - Lenticular Galaxy
Visualization of the morphological classification of IC 259 - Lenticular Galaxy, Lenticular (S0).
Credits for the background image: Antonio Ciccolella / M. De Leo / CC BY

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of IC 259

Celestial coordinates for the J2000 equinox of IC 259 are provided in the following table:

02h 49m 41s
+41° 03’ 18”

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 star
Simplified finder chart for IC 259 - Lenticular Galaxy.

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

Rise ans set times of IC 259 from your location

Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
Latitude: 51° 28’ 47” N
Longitude: 0° 00’ 00” E
Timezone: Europe/London

IC 259 - Lenticular Galaxy is circumpolar and transits at 02:55 UTC (altitude: 79.6°)