NGC 6946 (Fireworks Galaxy) - Intermediate Spiral Galaxy in Cygnus
NGC 6946 is a Intermediate Spiral Galaxy in the Cygnus constellation. NGC 6946 is situated close to the northern celestial pole and, as such, it is visible for most part of the year from the northern hemisphere.
NGC 6946 is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom .
See also NGC 6946 rise and set times.
Given its B magnitude of 10.5, NGC 6946 is visible with the help of a telescope having an aperture of 6 inches (150mm) or more.
Photometric information of NGC 6946
The following table lists the magnitude of NGC 6946 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).
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 6946.
Apparent size of NGC 6946The following table reports NGC 6946 apparent angular size. The green area displayed on top of the DSS2 image of NGC 6946 is a visual representation of it.
Digitized Sky Survey image of NGC 6946
The image below is a photograph of NGC 6946 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 0.38x0.38 degrees (22.8x22.8 arcmins).
NGC 6946 (Fireworks Galaxy) - Intermediate Spiral Galaxy in Cygnus morphological classification
NGC 6946 (Fireworks Galaxy) - Intermediate Spiral Galaxy in Cygnus is classified as Intermediate Spiral (SABc) according to the Hubble and de Vaucouleurs galaxy morphological classification. The diagram below shows a visual representation of the position of NGC 6946 (Fireworks Galaxy) - Intermediate Spiral Galaxy in Cygnus in the Hubble de Vaucouleurs sequence.
Credits for the background image: Antonio Ciccolella / M. De Leo / CC BY
Celestial coordinates and finder chart of NGC 6946
Celestial coordinates for the J2000 equinox of NGC 6946 are provided in the following table:
The simplified sky charts below show the position of NGC 6946 in the sky. The first chart has a field of view of 60° while the second one has a field of view of 10°.
Rise ans set times of NGC 6946 from your location
Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom
Latitude: 51° 28’ 47” N
Longitude: 0° 00’ 00” E
NGC 6946 (Fireworks Galaxy) - Intermediate Spiral Galaxy in Cygnus is circumpolar and transits at 03:18 UTC (altitude: 81.3°)