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public LocationGreenwich, UK
TimezoneEurope/London
Sunrise: 4:57 
Transit: 13:04 
Sunset: 21:10
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NGC 5561 - Spiral Galaxy in Ursa Major

Above the horizon.  Circumpolar today
Altitude: 68.8°   Azimuth: 303.9°   Direction: North-West

NGC 5561 is a Spiral Galaxy in the Ursa Major constellation. NGC 5561 is situated north of the celestial equator and, as such, it is more easily visible from the northern hemisphere. Given its B magnitude of 16, NGC 5561 is visible only through long exposure photography.

The image below is a photograph of NGC 5561 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 5561 - Spiral Galaxy in Ursa Major star
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DSS2 image of NGC 5561 in the Red band. The green region on the image is a representation of the major (0.65 arcmin) and minor (0.52 arcmin) axes of the object's apparent size.

Apparent Coordinates

14h 18m 07s
+58° 38’ 16”

J2000 Coordinates

14h 17m 22s
+58° 45’ 01”

Finder Chart

The simplified sky charts below show the position of NGC 5561 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 5561 - Spiral Galaxy in Ursa Major star
Simplified finder chart for NGC 5561 - Spiral Galaxy in Ursa Major.

Finder chart NGC 5561 - Spiral Galaxy in Ursa Major star
Simplified finder chart for NGC 5561 - Spiral Galaxy in Ursa Major.

Photometric Information

The following table lists the magnitude of NGC 5561 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).

16
12.89
12.17
11.96

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 5561.

23.09 mag/arcsec2

Apparent Size

The following table reports NGC 5561 apparent angular size. The green area displayed on top of the DSS2 image of NGC 5561 is a visual representation of it.
0.65 arcmin
0.52 arcmin
161°

Morphological Classification

NGC 5561 - Spiral Galaxy in Ursa Major is classified as Spiral (SAb) according to the Hubble and de Vaucouleurs galaxy morphological classification. The diagram below shows a visual representation of the position of NGC 5561 - Spiral Galaxy in Ursa Major in the Hubble de Vaucouleurs sequence.

NGC 5561 - Spiral Galaxy in Ursa Major
Visualization of the morphological classification of NGC 5561 - Spiral Galaxy in Ursa Major, Spiral (SAb).
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

NGC 5561 - Spiral Galaxy in Ursa Major is circumpolar and transits at 18:52 UTC (altitude: 82.7°)