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NGC 2986 - Elliptical Galaxy in Hydra

Altitude: 12.4°   Azimuth: 209.1°   Direction: South-South-West

NGC 2986 is a Elliptical Galaxy in the Hydra constellation. NGC 2986 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 NGC 2986 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 NGC 2986 - Elliptical Galaxy in Hydra star
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DSS2 image of NGC 2986 in the Red band. The green region on the image is a representation of the major (4.81 arcmin) and minor (3.85 arcmin) axes of the object's apparent size.

Key facts about NGC 2986

NGC 2986
Galaxy
Hydra

NGC 2986 is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.

Altitude: 12.4°
Azimuth: 209.1°
Direction: South-South-West

See also NGC 2986 rise and set times.

Given its visual magnitude of 10.93, NGC 2986 is visible with the help of a telescope having an aperture of 6 inches (150mm) or more.

Available Resources for NGC 2986 - Elliptical Galaxy in Hydra

Photometric information of NGC 2986

The following table lists the magnitude of NGC 2986 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).

11.6
10.93
8.54
7.85
7.64

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 2986.

23.96 mag/arcsec2

Apparent size of NGC 2986

The following table reports NGC 2986 apparent angular size. The green area displayed on top of the DSS2 image of NGC 2986 is a visual representation of it.
4.81 arcmin
3.85 arcmin
42°

NGC 2986 - Elliptical Galaxy in Hydra morphological classification

NGC 2986 - Elliptical Galaxy in Hydra 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 2986 - Elliptical Galaxy in Hydra in the Hubble de Vaucouleurs sequence.

NGC 2986 - Elliptical Galaxy in Hydra
Visualization of the morphological classification of NGC 2986 - Elliptical Galaxy in Hydra, Elliptical (E).
Credits for the background image: Antonio Ciccolella / M. De Leo / CC BY

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of NGC 2986

Celestial coordinates for the J2000 equinox of NGC 2986 are provided in the following table:

09h 44m 16s
-21° 16’ 41”

The simplified sky charts below show the position of NGC 2986 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 2986 - Elliptical Galaxy in Hydra star
Simplified finder chart for NGC 2986 - Elliptical Galaxy in Hydra.

Finder chart NGC 2986 - Elliptical Galaxy in Hydra star
Simplified finder chart for NGC 2986 - Elliptical Galaxy in Hydra.

Rise and set times of NGC 2986 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 NGC 2986 - Elliptical Galaxy in Hydra 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: 111.3°
Max altitude: 17.2°
Azimuth: 248.7°