NGC 5253 - Barred Spiral Galaxy in Centaurus
NGC 5253 is a Barred Spiral Galaxy in the Centaurus constellation. NGC 5253 is situated south of the celestial equator and, as such, it is more easily visible from the southern hemisphere.
NGC 5253 is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom .
See also NGC 5253 rise and set times.
Given its visual magnitude of 10.49, NGC 5253 is visible with the help of a binocular with a 80mm aperture or a small telescope.
Photometric information of NGC 5253
The following table lists the magnitude of NGC 5253 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 5253.
Apparent size of NGC 5253The following table reports NGC 5253 apparent angular size. The green area displayed on top of the DSS2 image of NGC 5253 is a visual representation of it.
Digitized Sky Survey image of NGC 5253
The image below is a photograph of NGC 5253 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 5253 - Barred Spiral Galaxy in Centaurus morphological classification
NGC 5253 - Barred Spiral Galaxy in Centaurus is classified as Barred Spiral (Bm) according to the Hubble and de Vaucouleurs galaxy morphological classification. The diagram below shows a visual representation of the position of NGC 5253 - Barred Spiral Galaxy in Centaurus 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 5253
Celestial coordinates for the J2000 equinox of NGC 5253 are provided in the following table:
The simplified sky charts below show the position of NGC 5253 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 5253 from your location
Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom
Latitude: 51° 28’ 47” N
Longitude: 0° 00’ 00” E
Today's NGC 5253 - Barred Spiral Galaxy in Centaurus rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):