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IC 481 - Spiral Galaxy in Gemini

Altitude: 59.5°   Azimuth: 213.1°   Direction: South-South-West

IC 481 is a Spiral Galaxy in the Gemini constellation. IC 481 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.

The image below is a photograph of IC 481 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 481 - Spiral Galaxy in Gemini star
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DSS2 image of IC 481 in the Red band. The green region on the image is a representation of the major (0.93 arcmin) and minor (0.26 arcmin) axes of the object's apparent size.

Key facts about IC 481

IC 481
Galaxy
Gemini

IC 481 is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.

Altitude: 59.5°
Azimuth: 213.1°
Direction: South-South-West

See also IC 481 rise and set times.

Given its B magnitude of 15.1, IC 481 is visible with the help of a telescope having an aperture of 20 inches (500mm) or more.

Available Resources for IC 481 - Spiral Galaxy in Gemini

Photometric information of IC 481

The following table lists the magnitude of IC 481 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).

15.1
11.95
11.19
10.9

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 481.

22.81 mag/arcsec2

Apparent size of IC 481

The following table reports IC 481 apparent angular size. The green area displayed on top of the DSS2 image of IC 481 is a visual representation of it.
0.93 arcmin
0.26 arcmin

IC 481 - Spiral Galaxy in Gemini morphological classification

IC 481 - 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 481 - Spiral Galaxy in Gemini in the Hubble de Vaucouleurs sequence.

IC 481 - Spiral Galaxy in Gemini
Visualization of the morphological classification of IC 481 - Spiral Galaxy in Gemini, Spiral (SAb).
Credits for the background image: Antonio Ciccolella / M. De Leo / CC BY

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of IC 481

Celestial coordinates for the J2000 equinox of IC 481 are provided in the following table:

07h 59m 03s
+24° 09’ 38”

The simplified sky charts below show the position of IC 481 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 481 - Spiral Galaxy in Gemini star
Simplified finder chart for IC 481 - Spiral Galaxy in Gemini.

Finder chart IC 481 - Spiral Galaxy in Gemini star
Simplified finder chart for IC 481 - Spiral Galaxy in Gemini.

Rise and set times of IC 481 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 481 - Spiral Galaxy in Gemini 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: 65.8°
Max altitude: 62.7°
Azimuth: 294.2°