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NGC 6120 - Spiral Galaxy in Corona Borealis

Altitude: -0.3°   Azimuth: 7.9°   Direction: North

NGC 6120 is a Spiral Galaxy in the Corona Borealis constellation. NGC 6120 is situated north of the celestial equator and, as such, it is more easily visible from the northern hemisphere.

The image below is a photograph of NGC 6120 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 6120 - Spiral Galaxy in Corona Borealis star
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DSS2 image of NGC 6120 in the Red band. The green region on the image is a representation of the major (0.48 arcmin) and minor (0.37 arcmin) axes of the object's apparent size.

Key facts about NGC 6120

NGC 6120
Galaxy
Corona Borealis

NGC 6120 is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.

Altitude: -0.3°
Azimuth: 7.9°
Direction: North

See also NGC 6120 rise and set times.

Given its B magnitude of 14.3, NGC 6120 is visible with the help of a telescope having an aperture of 14 inches (350mm) or more.

Available Resources for NGC 6120 - Spiral Galaxy in Corona Borealis

Photometric information of NGC 6120

The following table lists the magnitude of NGC 6120 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).

14.3
11.48
10.79
10.47

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 6120.

21.26 mag/arcsec2

Apparent size of NGC 6120

The following table reports NGC 6120 apparent angular size. The green area displayed on top of the DSS2 image of NGC 6120 is a visual representation of it.
0.48 arcmin
0.37 arcmin
35°

NGC 6120 - Spiral Galaxy in Corona Borealis morphological classification

NGC 6120 - Spiral Galaxy in Corona Borealis 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 6120 - Spiral Galaxy in Corona Borealis in the Hubble de Vaucouleurs sequence.

NGC 6120 - Spiral Galaxy in Corona Borealis
Visualization of the morphological classification of NGC 6120 - Spiral Galaxy in Corona Borealis, Spiral (SAb).
Credits for the background image: Antonio Ciccolella / M. De Leo / CC BY

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of NGC 6120

Celestial coordinates for the J2000 equinox of NGC 6120 are provided in the following table:

16h 19m 47s
+37° 46’ 28”

The simplified sky charts below show the position of NGC 6120 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 6120 - Spiral Galaxy in Corona Borealis star
Simplified finder chart for NGC 6120 - Spiral Galaxy in Corona Borealis.

Finder chart NGC 6120 - Spiral Galaxy in Corona Borealis star
Simplified finder chart for NGC 6120 - Spiral Galaxy in Corona Borealis.

Rise and set times of NGC 6120 from your location

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

Today's NGC 6120 - Spiral Galaxy in Corona Borealis rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 52.2°
Max altitude: 76.3°
Azimuth: 307.8°