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NGC 3256C - Barred Spiral Galaxy in Vela

Altitude: -13.2°   Azimuth: 148.0°   Direction: South-South-East

NGC 3256C is a Barred Spiral Galaxy in the Vela constellation. NGC 3256C is situated south of the celestial equator and, as such, it is more easily visible from the southern hemisphere.

The image below is a photograph of NGC 3256C 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 3256C - Barred Spiral Galaxy in Vela star
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DSS2 image of NGC 3256C in the Red band. The green region on the image is a representation of the major (1.91 arcmin) and minor (1.3 arcmin) axes of the object's apparent size.

Key facts about NGC 3256C

NGC 3256C
Galaxy
Vela

NGC 3256C is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.

Altitude: -13.2°
Azimuth: 148.0°
Direction: South-South-East

See also NGC 3256C rise and set times.

Given its B magnitude of 13.31, NGC 3256C is visible with the help of a telescope having an aperture of 10 inches (250mm) or more.

Available Resources for NGC 3256C - Barred Spiral Galaxy in Vela

Photometric information of NGC 3256C

The following table lists the magnitude of NGC 3256C 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).

13.31
11.02
10.3
9.87

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 3256C.

23.13 mag/arcsec2

Apparent size of NGC 3256C

The following table reports NGC 3256C apparent angular size. The green area displayed on top of the DSS2 image of NGC 3256C is a visual representation of it.
1.91 arcmin
1.3 arcmin
90°

NGC 3256C - Barred Spiral Galaxy in Vela morphological classification

NGC 3256C - Barred Spiral Galaxy in Vela is classified as Barred Spiral (Bcd) according to the Hubble and de Vaucouleurs galaxy morphological classification. The diagram below shows a visual representation of the position of NGC 3256C - Barred Spiral Galaxy in Vela in the Hubble de Vaucouleurs sequence.

NGC 3256C - Barred Spiral Galaxy in Vela
Visualization of the morphological classification of NGC 3256C - Barred Spiral Galaxy in Vela, Barred Spiral (Bcd).
Credits for the background image: Antonio Ciccolella / M. De Leo / CC BY

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of NGC 3256C

Celestial coordinates for the J2000 equinox of NGC 3256C are provided in the following table:

10h 29m 05s
-43° 50’ 57”

The simplified sky charts below show the position of NGC 3256C 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 3256C - Barred Spiral Galaxy in Vela star
Simplified finder chart for NGC 3256C - Barred Spiral Galaxy in Vela.

Finder chart NGC 3256C - Barred Spiral Galaxy in Vela star
Simplified finder chart for NGC 3256C - Barred Spiral Galaxy in Vela.

Rise and set times of NGC 3256C from your location

Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt
Latitude: 51° 28’ 47” N
Longitude: 0° 00’ 00” E
Timezone: Europe/London

NGC 3256C - Barred Spiral Galaxy in Vela is currently not visible from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt