IC 31 - Spiral Galaxy in Pisces
IC 31 is a Spiral Galaxy in the Pisces constellation. IC 31 is situated close to the celestial equator and, as such, it is at least partly visible from both hemispheres in certain times of the year.
- IC 31 is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]. Its current altitude is 38° above the horizon. See also rise and set times.
- Given its B magnitude of 15.5, IC 31 is visible only through long exposure photography.
Photometric information of IC 31
The following table lists the magnitude of IC 31 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 31.
Apparent size of IC 31The following table reports IC 31 apparent angular size. The green area displayed on top of the DSS2 image of IC 31 is a visual representation of it.
Digitized Sky Survey image of IC 31
The image below is a photograph of IC 31 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 31 - Spiral Galaxy in Pisces morphological classification
IC 31 - Spiral Galaxy in Pisces is classified as Spiral (SAab) according to the Hubble and de Vaucouleurs galaxy morphological classification. The diagram below shows a visual representation of the position of IC 31 - Spiral Galaxy in Pisces in the Hubble de Vaucouleurs sequence.
Credits for the background image: Antonio Ciccolella / M. De Leo / CC BY
Celestial coordinates and finder chart of IC 31
Celestial coordinates for the J2000 equinox of IC 31 are provided in the following table:
The simplified sky charts below show the position of IC 31 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 31 from your location
Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
Latitude: 51° 28’ 47” N
Longitude: 0° 00’ 00” E
Today's IC 31 - Spiral Galaxy in Pisces rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):