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NGC 553 - Lenticular Galaxy

NGC 553 is a Lenticular Galaxy in the Pisces constellation. NGC 553 is situated north of the celestial equator and, as such, it is more easily visible from the northern hemisphere.

NGC 553
Galaxy
Pisces
  • NGC 553 is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]. Its current altitude is 65° above the horizon. See also rise and set times.
  • Given its B magnitude of 15, NGC 553 is visible with the help of a telescope havng an aperture of 20 inches (500mm) or more.
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Photometric information of NGC 553

The following table lists the magnitude of NGC 553 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).

15
12.12
11.58
11.33

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 553.

23.66 mag/arcsec2

Apparent size of NGC 553

The following table reports NGC 553 apparent angular size. The green area displayed on top of the DSS2 image of NGC 553 is a visual representation of it.
0.91 arcmin
0.3 arcmin
13°

Digitized Sky Survey image of NGC 553

The image below is a photograph of NGC 553 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 553 - Lenticular Galaxy star
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DSS2 image of NGC 553 in the Red band. The green region on the image is a representation of the major (0.91 arcmin) and minor (0.3 arcmin) axes of the object's apparent size.

NGC 553 - Lenticular Galaxy morphological classification

NGC 553 - Lenticular Galaxy is classified as Lenticular (S0) according to the Hubble and de Vaucouleurs galaxy morphological classification. The diagram below shows a visual representation of the position of NGC 553 - Lenticular Galaxy in the Hubble de Vaucouleurs sequence.

NGC 553 - Lenticular Galaxy
Visualization of the morphological classification of NGC 553 - Lenticular Galaxy, Lenticular (S0).
Credits for the background image: Antonio Ciccolella / M. De Leo / CC BY

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of NGC 553

Celestial coordinates for the J2000 equinox of NGC 553 are provided in the following table:

01h 26m 12s
+33° 24’ 18”

The simplified sky charts below show the position of NGC 553 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 553 - Lenticular Galaxy star
Simplified finder chart for NGC 553 - Lenticular Galaxy.

Finder chart NGC 553 - Lenticular Galaxy star
Simplified finder chart for NGC 553 - Lenticular Galaxy.

Rise ans set times of NGC 553 from your location

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

Today's NGC 553 - Lenticular Galaxy rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 56.6°
Max altitude: 71.9°
Azimuth: 303.4°
NGC 553 - Lenticular Galaxy is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom