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NGC 1271 - Lenticular Galaxy in Perseus

Above the horizon.  Circumpolar today
Alt: 77.88°   Az: 142.04°   Direction: South-East

NGC 1271 is a Lenticular Galaxy in the Perseus constellation. NGC 1271 is situated north of the celestial equator and, as such, it is more easily visible from the northern hemisphere. Given its B magnitude of 15.4, NGC 1271 is visible with the help of a telescope having an aperture of 20 inches (500mm) or more.

The image below is a photograph of NGC 1271 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 NGC 1271 - Lenticular Galaxy in Perseus star
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DSS2 image of NGC 1271 in the Red band. The green region on the image is a representation of the major (0.81 arcmin) and minor (0.51 arcmin) axes of the object's apparent size.

Celestial Coordinates

Apparent

03h 20m 48s
+41° 26’ 28”
23h 20m 19s
02h 41m 07s

J2000

03h 19m 10s
+41° 21’ 11”

Finder Chart

The simplified sky charts below show the position of NGC 1271 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 NGC 1271 - Lenticular Galaxy in Perseus star
Simplified finder chart for NGC 1271 - Lenticular Galaxy in Perseus.

Finder chart NGC 1271 - Lenticular Galaxy in Perseus star
Simplified finder chart for NGC 1271 - Lenticular Galaxy in Perseus.

Photometric Information

The following table lists the magnitude of NGC 1271 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).

15.4
11.45
10.64
10.34

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 NGC 1271.

23.38 mag/arcsec2

Apparent Size

The following table reports NGC 1271 apparent angular size. The green area displayed on top of the DSS2 image of NGC 1271 is a visual representation of it.
0.81 arcmin
0.51 arcmin
123°

Morphological Classification

NGC 1271 - Lenticular Galaxy in Perseus is classified as Lenticular (S0) according to the Hubble and de Vaucouleurs galaxy morphological classification. The diagram below shows a visual representation of the position of NGC 1271 - Lenticular Galaxy in Perseus in the Hubble de Vaucouleurs sequence.

NGC 1271 - Lenticular Galaxy in Perseus
Visualization of the morphological classification of NGC 1271 - Lenticular Galaxy in Perseus, Lenticular (S0).
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

NGC 1271 - Lenticular Galaxy in Perseus is circumpolar and transits at 07:14 UTC (altitude: 80.0°)