Galaxy NGC 3074

Object Description

NGC 3074
NGC 3074: Galaxy in Leo Minor; 500/2500 mm Newton + SBIG ST-6; Sternwarte Bülach; © 8. 2. 1997 Stefan Meister

The galaxy was discovered by Wilhelm Herschel on 28 March 1786 using his 18.7 inch reflecting telescope and cataloged as III 542. He described it as «considerably faint, very large, of an irregular figure, 5' long 4' broad, south preceding a double star». [464] Dreyer included the galaxy as NGC 3074 in his «New General Catalog of Nebulae and Clusters of Stars» which was published in 1888. [313]

NGC 3074
NGC 3074: Section of PanSTARRS/DR1 [147]

According to the De Vaucouleurs classification, NGC 3074 is of the SAB(rs)c type, an intermediate form between a spiral and a barred spiral with a budding ring structure. Measured radial speeds of 5138 km/s to 5161 km/s can be found on Simbad. On NED one finds a measured distance of 17 Mpc (55.45 million light years). [145, 194]

«Catalogue of Principal Galaxies (PGC)», Paturel et al. 1989 [144]
DesignationsPGC 28888: NGC 3074, UGC 5366, MCG 6-22-47, CGCG 182-54, IRAS 9567+3537
Right Ascension (J2000.0)09h 59m 41.2s
Declination (J2000.0)+35° 23' 32"
Morphological TypeS
Dimensions2.3' x 2.1'
Visual Magnitude13.3 mag
Radial Velocity (HRV)5143 km/s
Position Angle145°

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Chart Galaxy NGC 3074
Galaxy NGC 3074 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;
147Aladin Lite; (2020-12-23)
149SkySafari 6 Pro, Simulation Curriculum;
160The STScI Digitized Sky Survey;
194NASA/IPAC Extragalactic Database (NED); (2020-12-27)
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
464«Catalogue of a second thousand of new nebulae and clusters of stars; with a few introductory remarks on the construction of the heavens» William Herschel, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London, 1 January 1789; DOI:10.1098/rstl.1789.0021