Galaxy NGC 2859

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

Object Description

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]

Revised+Historic NGC/IC, Version 22/9, © Dr. Wolfgang Steinicke [277]
DesignationNGC 2859
TypeGx (SB0-a)
Right Ascension (J2000.0)09h 24m 18.6s
Declination (J2000.0)+34° 30' 48"
Diameter4.6 × 4.1 arcmin
Photographic (blue) magnitude11.8 mag
Visual magnitude10.9 mag
Surface brightness13.8 mag·arcmin-2
Position Angle85°
Distance derived from z23.77 Mpc
Metric Distance25.400 Mpc
Dreyer DescriptionvB, pL, R, smbM
Identification, RemarksUGC 5001, MCG 6-21-30, CGCG 181-40

Finder Chart

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

Finder Chart Galaxy NGC 2859
Galaxy NGC 2859 in constellation Leo Minor. Charts created using SkySafari 6 Pro and STScI Digitized Sky Survey. Limiting magnitudes: Constellation chart ~6.5 mag, DSS2 close-ups ~20 mag. [149, 160]

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