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TimezoneEurope/London
Sunrise: 5:15 
Transit: 13:06 
Sunset: 20:56
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NGC 1539 - Elliptical Galaxy in Taurus

Above the horizon.  Rise: 0:27 | Tran: 9:06 | Set: 17:41
Alt: 46.20°   Az: 105.13°   Direction: East-South-East

NGC 1539 is a Elliptical Galaxy in the Taurus constellation. NGC 1539 is situated north of the celestial equator and, as such, it is more easily visible from the northern hemisphere. Given its B magnitude of 15.7, NGC 1539 is visible only through long exposure photography.

The image below is a photograph of NGC 1539 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 1539 - Elliptical Galaxy in Taurus star
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DSS2 image of NGC 1539 in the Red band. The green region on the image is a representation of the major (0.97 arcmin) and minor (0.74 arcmin) axes of the object's apparent size.

Celestial Coordinates

Apparent

04h 20m 32s
+26° 53’ 07”
20h 45m 56s
01h 06m 29s

J2000

04h 19m 01s
+26° 49’ 39”

Finder Chart

The simplified sky charts below show the position of NGC 1539 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 1539 - Elliptical Galaxy in Taurus star
Simplified finder chart for NGC 1539 - Elliptical Galaxy in Taurus.

Finder chart NGC 1539 - Elliptical Galaxy in Taurus star
Simplified finder chart for NGC 1539 - Elliptical Galaxy in Taurus.

Photometric Information

The following table lists the magnitude of NGC 1539 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).

15.7
10.79
9.98
9.62

For more information about photometry in astronomy, check the photometric system article on Wikipedia.

Apparent Size

The following table reports NGC 1539 apparent angular size. The green area displayed on top of the DSS2 image of NGC 1539 is a visual representation of it.
0.97 arcmin
0.74 arcmin
45°

Morphological Classification

NGC 1539 - Elliptical Galaxy in Taurus 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 NGC 1539 - Elliptical Galaxy in Taurus in the Hubble de Vaucouleurs sequence.

NGC 1539 - Elliptical Galaxy in Taurus
Visualization of the morphological classification of NGC 1539 - Elliptical Galaxy in Taurus, Elliptical (E).
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 NGC 1539 - Elliptical Galaxy in Taurus rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, UK are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 63.1°
Max altitude: 65.4°
Azimuth: 296.9°