NGC 3978 - Intermediate Spiral Galaxy in Ursa Major
NGC 3978 is a Intermediate Spiral Galaxy in the Ursa Major constellation. NGC 3978 is situated close to the northern celestial pole and, as such, it is visible for most part of the year from the northern hemisphere.
See also NGC 3978 rise and set times.
Given its B magnitude of 13.2, NGC 3978 is visible with the help of a telescope having an aperture of 10 inches (250mm) or more.
Photometric information of NGC 3978
The following table lists the magnitude of NGC 3978 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 3978.
Apparent size of NGC 3978The following table reports NGC 3978 apparent angular size. The green area displayed on top of the DSS2 image of NGC 3978 is a visual representation of it.
Digitized Sky Survey image of NGC 3978
The image below is a photograph of NGC 3978 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 3978 - Intermediate Spiral Galaxy in Ursa Major morphological classification
NGC 3978 - Intermediate Spiral Galaxy in Ursa Major is classified as Intermediate Spiral (SABb) according to the Hubble and de Vaucouleurs galaxy morphological classification. The diagram below shows a visual representation of the position of NGC 3978 - Intermediate Spiral Galaxy in Ursa Major in the Hubble de Vaucouleurs sequence.
Celestial coordinates and finder chart of NGC 3978
Celestial coordinates for the J2000 equinox of NGC 3978 are provided in the following table:
The simplified sky charts below show the position of NGC 3978 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 3978 from your location
NGC 3978 - Intermediate Spiral Galaxy in Ursa Major is circumpolar and transits at 07:24 UTC (altitude: 81.0°)