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IC 3663 - Elliptical Galaxy in Virgo

Altitude: 44.6°   Azimuth: 220.4°   Direction: South-West

IC 3663 is a Elliptical Galaxy in the Virgo constellation. IC 3663 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 3663
Galaxy
Virgo

IC 3663 is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.

Altitude: 44.6°
Azimuth: 220.4°
Direction: South-West

See also IC 3663 rise and set times.

Given its B magnitude of 15.65, IC 3663 is visible only through long exposure photography.

Available Resources for IC 3663 - Elliptical Galaxy in Virgo

Photometric information of IC 3663

The following table lists the magnitude of IC 3663 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).

15.65
12.4

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 3663.

24.19 mag/arcsec2

Apparent size of IC 3663

The following table reports IC 3663 apparent angular size. The green area displayed on top of the DSS2 image of IC 3663 is a visual representation of it.
0.95 arcmin
0.56 arcmin

Digitized Sky Survey image of IC 3663

The image below is a photograph of IC 3663 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 3663 - Elliptical Galaxy in Virgo star
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DSS2 image of IC 3663 in the Red band. The green region on the image is a representation of the major (0.95 arcmin) and minor (0.56 arcmin) axes of the object's apparent size.

IC 3663 - Elliptical Galaxy in Virgo morphological classification

IC 3663 - Elliptical Galaxy in Virgo 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 3663 - Elliptical Galaxy in Virgo in the Hubble de Vaucouleurs sequence.

IC 3663 - Elliptical Galaxy in Virgo
Visualization of the morphological classification of IC 3663 - Elliptical Galaxy in Virgo, Elliptical (E).
Credits for the background image: Antonio Ciccolella / M. De Leo / CC BY

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of IC 3663

Celestial coordinates for the J2000 equinox of IC 3663 are provided in the following table:

12h 41m 39s
+12° 14’ 50”

The simplified sky charts below show the position of IC 3663 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 3663 - Elliptical Galaxy in Virgo star
Simplified finder chart for IC 3663 - Elliptical Galaxy in Virgo.

Finder chart IC 3663 - Elliptical Galaxy in Virgo star
Simplified finder chart for IC 3663 - Elliptical Galaxy in Virgo.

Rise ans set times of IC 3663 from your location

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

Today's IC 3663 - Elliptical Galaxy in Virgo rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 77.8°
Max altitude: 50.8°
Azimuth: 282.2°