Galaxy NGC 2859

Object Description

NGC 2859
NGC 2859: Galaxy in Leo Minor; 500 mm Cassegrain 3625 mm f/7.2; SBIG STL11K; 230-40-40-40 min LRGB; Bernese Highlands; © 2014 Radek Chromik

The galaxy NGC 2859 was discovered on 28 March 1786 by the German-British astronomer William Herschel with his self-made 18.7 inch f/12.8 reflecting telescope in Slough, England. He listed it under the designation I 137. [196, 277, 313] He classified his discoveries according to purely visual impressions, where I stands for bright nebulae. [269] The distance of this galaxy is given as 21 to 27 Mpc. [145]

«Catalogue of Principal Galaxies (PGC)», Paturel et al. 1989 [144]
DesignationsPGC 26649: NGC 2859, UGC 5001, MCG 6-21-30, CGCG 181-40
Right Ascension (J2000.0)09h 24m 18.9s
Declination (J2000.0)+34° 30' 46"
Morphological TypeLBR
Dimensions4.0' x 3.6'
Visual Magnitude11.8 mag
Radial Velocity (HRV)1682 km/s
Position Angle85°

Finder Chart

The galaxy NGC 2859 is located in the constellation Leo Minor. The best viewing time is October to June.

Chart Galaxy NGC 2859
Galaxy NGC 2859 in constellation Leo Minor. Chart created using SkySafari 6 Pro and STScI Digitized Sky Survey. [149, 160]

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144Catalogue of Principal Galaxies (PGC); Paturel G., Fouque P., Bottinelli L., Gouguenheim L.; Astron. Astrophys. Suppl. Ser. 80, 299 (1989); (2021-02-18)
145SIMBAD astronomical database;
149SkySafari 6 Pro, Simulation Curriculum;
160The STScI Digitized Sky Survey;
196Celestial Atlas by Curtney Seligman; (2020-12-28)
269William Herschel's catalog of Deep Sky objects; (2021-12-27)
277«Historische Deep-Sky Kataloge» von Dr. Wolfgang Steinicke; (2021-02-17)
313«A New General Catalogue of Nebulae and Clusters of Stars, being the Catalogue of the late Sir John F.W. Herschel, Bart., revised, corrected, and enlarged» Dreyer, J. L. E. (1888); Memoirs of the Royal Astronomical Society. 49: 1–237; Bibcode:1888MmRAS..49....1D