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NGC 986 - Spiral Galaxy in Fornax

Altitude: -3.4°   Azimuth: 200.1°   Direction: South-South-West

NGC 986 is a Spiral Galaxy in the Fornax constellation. NGC 986 is situated south of the celestial equator and, as such, it is more easily visible from the southern hemisphere.

The image below is a photograph of NGC 986 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 986 - Spiral Galaxy in Fornax star
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DSS2 image of NGC 986 in the Red band. The green region on the image is a representation of the major (3.77 arcmin) and minor (3.03 arcmin) axes of the object's apparent size.

Key facts about NGC 986

NGC 986
Galaxy
Fornax

NGC 986 is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.

Altitude: -3.4°
Azimuth: 200.1°
Direction: South-South-West

See also NGC 986 rise and set times.

Given its visual magnitude of 10.91, NGC 986 is visible with the help of a telescope having an aperture of 6 inches (150mm) or more.

Available Resources for NGC 986 - Spiral Galaxy in Fornax

Photometric information of NGC 986

The following table lists the magnitude of NGC 986 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).

11.74
10.91
8.75
8.02
7.78

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 986.

23.15 mag/arcsec2

Apparent size of NGC 986

The following table reports NGC 986 apparent angular size. The green area displayed on top of the DSS2 image of NGC 986 is a visual representation of it.
3.77 arcmin
3.03 arcmin
52°

NGC 986 - Spiral Galaxy in Fornax morphological classification

NGC 986 - Spiral Galaxy in Fornax 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 986 - Spiral Galaxy in Fornax in the Hubble de Vaucouleurs sequence.

NGC 986 - Spiral Galaxy in Fornax
Visualization of the morphological classification of NGC 986 - Spiral Galaxy in Fornax, Spiral (SAab).
Credits for the background image: Antonio Ciccolella / M. De Leo / CC BY

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of NGC 986

Celestial coordinates for the J2000 equinox of NGC 986 are provided in the following table:

02h 33m 33s
-39° 02’ 42”

The simplified sky charts below show the position of NGC 986 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 986 - Spiral Galaxy in Fornax star
Simplified finder chart for NGC 986 - Spiral Galaxy in Fornax.

Finder chart NGC 986 - Spiral Galaxy in Fornax star
Simplified finder chart for NGC 986 - Spiral Galaxy in Fornax.

Rise and set times of NGC 986 from your location

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

NGC 986 - Spiral Galaxy in Fornax is currently not visible from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt