NGC 257 - Spiral Galaxy in Pisces
NGC 257 is a Spiral Galaxy in the Pisces constellation. NGC 257 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.
See also NGC 257 rise and set times.
Given its B magnitude of 13.7, NGC 257 is visible with the help of a telescope having an aperture of 14 inches (350mm) or more.
Photometric information of NGC 257
The following table lists the magnitude of NGC 257 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 257.
Apparent size of NGC 257The following table reports NGC 257 apparent angular size. The green area displayed on top of the DSS2 image of NGC 257 is a visual representation of it.
Digitized Sky Survey image of NGC 257
The image below is a photograph of NGC 257 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 257 - Spiral Galaxy in Pisces morphological classification
NGC 257 - 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 257 - Spiral Galaxy in Pisces in the Hubble de Vaucouleurs sequence.
Celestial coordinates and finder chart of NGC 257
Celestial coordinates for the J2000 equinox of NGC 257 are provided in the following table:
The simplified sky charts below show the position of NGC 257 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 257 from your location
Today's NGC 257 - Spiral Galaxy in Pisces rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):