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NGC 5978 - Spiral Galaxy

NGC 5978 is a Spiral Galaxy in the Libra constellation. NGC 5978 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.

NGC 5978
Galaxy
Libra
  • NGC 5978 is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]. Its current altitude is 2° above the horizon. See also rise and set times.
  • Given its B magnitude of 14, NGC 5978 is visible with the help of a telescope havng an aperture of 14 inches (350mm) or more.
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Photometric information of NGC 5978

The following table lists the magnitude of NGC 5978 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).

14
11.69
10.89
10.5

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 5978.

23.6 mag/arcsec2

Apparent size of NGC 5978

The following table reports NGC 5978 apparent angular size. The green area displayed on top of the DSS2 image of NGC 5978 is a visual representation of it.
0.81 arcmin
0.74 arcmin
135°

Digitized Sky Survey image of NGC 5978

The image below is a photograph of NGC 5978 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 5978 - Spiral Galaxy star
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DSS2 image of NGC 5978 in the Red band. The green region on the image is a representation of the major (0.81 arcmin) and minor (0.74 arcmin) axes of the object's apparent size.

NGC 5978 - Spiral Galaxy morphological classification

NGC 5978 - Spiral Galaxy is classified as Spiral (SAa) according to the Hubble and de Vaucouleurs galaxy morphological classification. The diagram below shows a visual representation of the position of NGC 5978 - Spiral Galaxy in the Hubble de Vaucouleurs sequence.

NGC 5978 - Spiral Galaxy
Visualization of the morphological classification of NGC 5978 - Spiral Galaxy, Spiral (SAa).
Credits for the background image: Antonio Ciccolella / M. De Leo / CC BY

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of NGC 5978

Celestial coordinates for the J2000 equinox of NGC 5978 are provided in the following table:

15h 42m 26s
-13° 14’ 03”

The simplified sky charts below show the position of NGC 5978 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 5978 - Spiral Galaxy star
Simplified finder chart for NGC 5978 - Spiral Galaxy.

Finder chart NGC 5978 - Spiral Galaxy star
Simplified finder chart for NGC 5978 - Spiral Galaxy.

Rise ans set times of NGC 5978 from your location

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

Today's NGC 5978 - Spiral Galaxy rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 103.2°
Max altitude: 25.3°
Azimuth: 256.8°
NGC 5978 - Spiral Galaxy is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom