NGC 972 - Spiral Galaxy in Aries
NGC 972 is a Spiral Galaxy in the Aries constellation. NGC 972 is situated north of the celestial equator and, as such, it is more easily visible from the northern hemisphere.
See also NGC 972 rise and set times.
Given its B magnitude of 12.1, NGC 972 is visible with the help of a telescope having an aperture of 8 inches (200mm) or more.
Photometric information of NGC 972
The following table lists the magnitude of NGC 972 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 972.
Apparent size of NGC 972The following table reports NGC 972 apparent angular size. The green area displayed on top of the DSS2 image of NGC 972 is a visual representation of it.
Digitized Sky Survey image of NGC 972
The image below is a photograph of NGC 972 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 972 - Spiral Galaxy in Aries morphological classification
NGC 972 - Spiral Galaxy in Aries is classified as Spiral (SAab) according to the Hubble and de Vaucouleurs galaxy morphological classification. The diagram below shows a visual representation of the position of NGC 972 - Spiral Galaxy in Aries in the Hubble de Vaucouleurs sequence.
Celestial coordinates and finder chart of NGC 972
Celestial coordinates for the J2000 equinox of NGC 972 are provided in the following table:
The simplified sky charts below show the position of NGC 972 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 972 from your location
Today's NGC 972 - Spiral Galaxy in Aries rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):