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public LocationGreenwich, UK
TimezoneEurope/London
Sunrise: 5:07 
Transit: 13:06 
Sunset: 21:04
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IC 478 - Spiral Galaxy in Gemini

Above the horizon.  Rise: 4:32 | Tran: 13:04 | Set: 21:35
Alt: 0.21°   Az: 44.76°   Direction: North-East

IC 478 is a Spiral Galaxy in the Gemini constellation. IC 478 is situated north of the celestial equator and, as such, it is more easily visible from the northern hemisphere. Given its B magnitude of 15.2, IC 478 is visible with the help of a telescope having an aperture of 20 inches (500mm) or more.

The image below is a photograph of IC 478 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 478 - Spiral Galaxy in Gemini star
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DSS2 image of IC 478 in the Red band. The green region on the image is a representation of the major (0.66 arcmin) and minor (0.48 arcmin) axes of the object's apparent size.

Celestial Coordinates

Apparent

07h 55m 11s
+26° 25’ 38”
15h 27m 20s
23h 22m 32s

J2000

07h 53m 41s
+26° 29’ 33”

Finder Chart

The simplified sky charts below show the position of IC 478 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 478 - Spiral Galaxy in Gemini star
Simplified finder chart for IC 478 - Spiral Galaxy in Gemini.

Finder chart IC 478 - Spiral Galaxy in Gemini star
Simplified finder chart for IC 478 - Spiral Galaxy in Gemini.

Photometric Information

The following table lists the magnitude of IC 478 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).

15.2

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 478.

22.9 mag/arcsec2

Apparent Size

The following table reports IC 478 apparent angular size. The green area displayed on top of the DSS2 image of IC 478 is a visual representation of it.
0.66 arcmin
0.48 arcmin
12°

Morphological Classification

IC 478 - Spiral Galaxy in Gemini is classified as Spiral (SAb) according to the Hubble and de Vaucouleurs galaxy morphological classification. The diagram below shows a visual representation of the position of IC 478 - Spiral Galaxy in Gemini in the Hubble de Vaucouleurs sequence.

IC 478 - Spiral Galaxy in Gemini
Visualization of the morphological classification of IC 478 - Spiral Galaxy in Gemini, Spiral (SAb).
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

Today's IC 478 - Spiral Galaxy in Gemini rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, UK are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 63.6°
Max altitude: 64.9°
Azimuth: 296.4°