NGC 251 - Spiral Galaxy in Pisces
NGC 251 is a Spiral Galaxy in the Pisces constellation. NGC 251 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.
- NGC 251 is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]. See also rise and set times.
- Given its B magnitude of 14.6, NGC 251 is visible with the help of a telescope havng an aperture of 20 inches (500mm) or more.
Photometric information of NGC 251
The following table lists the magnitude of NGC 251 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 NGC 251.
Apparent size of NGC 251The following table reports NGC 251 apparent angular size. The green area displayed on top of the DSS2 image of NGC 251 is a visual representation of it.
Digitized Sky Survey image of NGC 251
The image below is a photograph of NGC 251 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).
NGC 251 - Spiral Galaxy in Pisces morphological classification
NGC 251 - Spiral Galaxy in Pisces is classified as Spiral (SAc) according to the Hubble and de Vaucouleurs galaxy morphological classification. The diagram below shows a visual representation of the position of NGC 251 - Spiral Galaxy in Pisces in the Hubble de Vaucouleurs sequence.
Credits for the background image: Antonio Ciccolella / M. De Leo / CC BY
Celestial coordinates and finder chart of NGC 251
Celestial coordinates for the J2000 equinox of NGC 251 are provided in the following table:
The simplified sky charts below show the position of NGC 251 in the sky. The first chart has a field of view of 60° while the second one has a field of view of 10°.
Rise ans set times of NGC 251 from your location
Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
Latitude: 51° 28’ 47” N
Longitude: 0° 00’ 00” E
Today's NGC 251 - Spiral Galaxy in Pisces rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):