IC 3986 - Elliptical Galaxy in Centaurus
IC 3986 is a Elliptical Galaxy in the Centaurus constellation. IC 3986 is situated south of the celestial equator and, as such, it is more easily visible from the southern emisphere.
Photometric information of IC 3986
The following table lists the magnitude of IC 3986 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 3986.
Apparent size of IC 3986The following table reports IC 3986 apparent angular size. The green area displayed on top of the DSS2 image of IC 3986 is a visual representation of it.
Digitized Sky Survey image of IC 3986
The image below is a photograph of IC 3986 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 3986 - Elliptical Galaxy in Centaurus morphological classification
IC 3986 - Elliptical Galaxy in Centaurus 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 3986 - Elliptical Galaxy in Centaurus in the Hubble de Vaucouleurs sequence.
Celestial coordinates and finder chart of IC 3986
Celestial coordinates for the J2000 equinox of IC 3986 are provided in the following table:
The simplified sky charts below show the position of IC 3986 in the sky. The first chart has a field of view of 60° while the second one has a field of view of 10°.