NGC 4631 (Whale Galaxy) - Barred Spiral Galaxy in Canes Venatici
NGC 4631 is a Barred Spiral Galaxy in the Canes Venatici constellation. NGC 4631 is situated north of the celestial equator and, as such, it is more easily visible from the northern hemisphere.
- NGC 4631 is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]. Its current altitude is 71° above the horizon. See also rise and set times.
- Given its visual magnitude of 9.19, NGC 4631 is visible with the help of a binocular with a 60-70mm aperture or a small telescope.
Photometric information of NGC 4631
The following table lists the magnitude of NGC 4631 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 4631.
Apparent size of NGC 4631The following table reports NGC 4631 apparent angular size. The green area displayed on top of the DSS2 image of NGC 4631 is a visual representation of it.
Digitized Sky Survey image of NGC 4631
The image below is a photograph of NGC 4631 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 0.48166666666667x0.48166666666667 degrees (28.9x28.9 arcmins).
NGC 4631 (Whale Galaxy) - Barred Spiral Galaxy in Canes Venatici morphological classification
NGC 4631 (Whale Galaxy) - Barred Spiral Galaxy in Canes Venatici 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 4631 (Whale Galaxy) - Barred Spiral Galaxy in Canes Venatici 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 4631
Celestial coordinates for the J2000 equinox of NGC 4631 are provided in the following table:
The simplified sky charts below show the position of NGC 4631 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 4631 from your location
Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
Latitude: 51° 28’ 47” N
Longitude: 0° 00’ 00” E
Today's NGC 4631 (Whale Galaxy) - Barred Spiral Galaxy in Canes Venatici rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):