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public LocationGreenwich, UK
TimezoneEurope/London
Sunrise: 4:58 
Transit: 13:04 
Sunset: 21:09
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NGC 4856 - Lenticular Galaxy in Virgo

Above the horizon.  Rise: 13:51 | Tran: 18:30 | Set: 23:10
Altitude: 21.3°   Azimuth: 200.6°   Direction: South-South-West

NGC 4856 is a Lenticular Galaxy in the Virgo constellation. NGC 4856 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. Given its B magnitude of 11, NGC 4856 is visible with the help of a telescope having an aperture of 6 inches (150mm) or more.

The image below is a photograph of NGC 4856 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 0.5000x0.5000 degrees (30.00x30.00 arcmins).

Image of NGC 4856 - Lenticular Galaxy in Virgo star
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DSS2 image of NGC 4856 in the Red band. The green region on the image is a representation of the major (4.25 arcmin) and minor (1.57 arcmin) axes of the object's apparent size.

Apparent Coordinates

13h 00m 38s
-15° 10’ 26”
01h 18m 12s

J2000 Coordinates

12h 59m 21s
-15° 02’ 31”

Finder Chart

The simplified sky charts below show the position of NGC 4856 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 4856 - Lenticular Galaxy in Virgo star
Simplified finder chart for NGC 4856 - Lenticular Galaxy in Virgo.

Finder chart NGC 4856 - Lenticular Galaxy in Virgo star
Simplified finder chart for NGC 4856 - Lenticular Galaxy in Virgo.

Photometric Information

The following table lists the magnitude of NGC 4856 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
8.38
7.74
7.47

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 4856.

23.23 mag/arcsec2

Apparent Size

The following table reports NGC 4856 apparent angular size. The green area displayed on top of the DSS2 image of NGC 4856 is a visual representation of it.
4.25 arcmin
1.57 arcmin
38°

Morphological Classification

NGC 4856 - Lenticular Galaxy in Virgo is classified as Lenticular (S0-Aa) according to the Hubble and de Vaucouleurs galaxy morphological classification. The diagram below shows a visual representation of the position of NGC 4856 - Lenticular Galaxy in Virgo in the Hubble de Vaucouleurs sequence.

NGC 4856 - Lenticular Galaxy in Virgo
Visualization of the morphological classification of NGC 4856 - Lenticular Galaxy in Virgo, Lenticular (S0-Aa).
Credits for the background image: Antonio Ciccolella / M. De Leo / CC BY

Rise and Set Times

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

Today's NGC 4856 - Lenticular Galaxy in Virgo rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, UK are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 105.0°
Max altitude: 23.5°
Azimuth: 255.0°