NGC 656 - Lenticular Galaxy
NGC 656 is a Lenticular Galaxy in the Pisces constellation. NGC 656 is situated north of the celestial equator and, as such, it is more easily visible from the northern hemisphere.
Photometric information of NGC 656
The following table lists the magnitude of NGC 656 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).
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The surface brightess reported below is an indication of the brightness per unit of angular area of NGC 656.
Apparent size of NGC 656The following table reports NGC 656 apparent angular size. The green area displayed on top of the DSS2 image of NGC 656 is a visual representation of it.
Digitized Sky Survey image of NGC 656
The image below is a photograph of NGC 656 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 656 - Lenticular Galaxy morphological classification
NGC 656 - 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 656 - Lenticular Galaxy in the Hubble de Vaucouleurs sequence.
Celestial coordinates and finder chart of NGC 656
Celestial coordinates for the J2000 equinox of NGC 656 are provided in the following table:
The simplified sky charts below show the position of NGC 656 in the sky. The first chart has a field of view of 60° while the second one has a field of view of 10°.