The acronym NGC stands for "New General Catalogue" and usually precedes a number in the catalogue, like NGC 4258 for example. The catalogue refers to objects which are extended and distinctly non-star like in nature.
NGC 6872 and IC 4970
This image is a three-colour composite, this time reproduced from one blue (B), one green-yellow (V) and one red (R) exposure, obtained with FORS1 at ANTU in the morning of March 29, 1999. The field size is again 6.8×6.
NGC 253, a starburst galaxy
On the left, you see an image of the spiral galaxy NGC 253, taken with a ground-based telescope. The galaxy is located about 8 million light-years away in the constellation Sculptor.
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In most planetaries (like the famous Cat's Eye nebula, and the less famous but also cool NGC 6826) the outer halo slams into material floating in interstellar space, ...
NGC 4755 is located at R.A.: 12:53.6 and Dec: -60:20
This cluster was discovered by Nicolas Louis de Lacaille from an observing station in South Africa during his stay there from 1751 to 1752.
The NGC (deep sky) Objects
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NGC 55 ...
NGC 13, 20, and 21 lie within the same field of view, and all are within half a degree of a magnitude 7.1 star.
Antennae (NGC 4038 and NGC 4039)
The nearest and youngest example of a pair of colliding galaxies; the Antennae lie about 63 million light-years away in the constellation Corvus.
NGC 1784 is a fairly unremarkable barred-spiral galaxy at first glance. However, studying even the seemingly common may reveal unique aspects that help forward our understanding of the universe.
NGC 4414, a typical spiral galaxy in the constellation Coma Berenices, is about 17,000 parsecs in diameter and approximately 20 million parsecs distant.
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NGC 6231: A fine open cluster, composed of over one hundred stars in a compact 15' area. It actually lies on another spiral arm of our galaxy, closer to the galactic center.
NGC 7603 is a Seyfert galaxy with disturbed form and an apparent companion along an extended arm or tail. NGC 7603 has a redshift of 8700 km/s and the companion is at 17,000 km/s.
New General Catalogue -- A catalogue of 7,840 nebulae, star clusters, and galaxies that was published in 1888 by John Dreyer.
An acronym for New General Catalog of Nebulae and Clusters of Stars, first compiled in 1888 by Danish astronomer J.L.E. Dreyer at Armagh Observatory, Ireland. Today the catalog contains 7840 deep-sky objects.
NGC. New General Catalogue. A list of some 7000 plus deep-sky objects.
The NGC and Beyond
The next big catalog to appear that remains in wide use today was the NGC . The New General Catalogue of Nebulae and Clusters of Stars by John L. E. Dreyer (pronounced "Dryer") appeared in 1888.
Finest NGC Objects (RASC Observing List)
This list contains selection of 109 targets out of 7840 New General Catalogue (NGC) objects as well as one (1) from a supplementary Index Catalogue (IC) of 5386 objects.
NGC 1313 is a barred spiral galaxy 15 million light years away in the Southern Hemisphere constellation of Reticulum.
NGC 253, a nearly edge-on spiral galaxy (type Sc) in the constellation Sculptor. NGC 253 lies about 8 million light years away.
NGC 6333 or Messier 9 is a globular cluster, one of the nearest ones to the centre of the Milky Way. It is about 25,800 light-years distant from Earth. NGC 6254 or Messier 10 is another globular cluster about 14,300 light-years distant.
NGC 613 is a barred spiral galaxy in the southern constellation Sculptor. The galaxy is inclined by 32° and, contrary to most barred spirals, has many arms that give it a tentacular appearance.
NGC 6822: a dwarf irregular galaxy in the Local Group.
IC 5152: a dwarf irregular galaxy in the Local Group.
NGC 1313: a starburst galaxy also called a barred spiral galaxy (SBc).
NGC 4631 is a galaxy that has high amounts of star formation, possibly triggered by interaction with neighboring galaxies.
NGC 188 is an open cluster that has the distinction of being the closest open cluster to the north celestial pole. as well as one of the oldest known open clusters.
Canes Venatici (Canum Venaticorum)
Cor Caroli (Alpha Canum Venaticorum)
Canis Major (Canis Majoris) ...
The NGC (New General Catalog) is a list of over 13,000 deep-sky celestial objects. It was developed in 1888. For example, the Great Nebula in Orion is NCG 1976 (and M42). NGC4414 (pictured above) is a spiral galaxy 60 million light-years away.
More about Planetary Nebulare from George Jacoby's (b& w) Planetary Nebula Gallery.
Planetary Nebulae at the SED's Messier Gallery.
The Planetary Nebula Observer's HomePage includes more links to Planetary Nebula Resources.
The Local Group is the cluster of galaxies to which we belong. It is a group of about 30 galaxies that is about 5 million light-years across.
NGC 2997 showing H II regions in the spiral arms.
Credit: 2dF Quasar Survey
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NGC 604 is even larger than the Tarantula nebula at about 1,300 light-years across, although it contains slightly fewer stars. It is one of the largest H II regions in the Local Group.
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NGC 5466 is a large but quite dim globular cluster. It's found nine degrees north of Arcturus and one and a half degrees west.
Brightest Stars: Arcturus, Nekkar (a.k.a. Merez), Seginus (a.k.a. Haris), Izar ...
(NGC), standard reference list of nebulae (see nebula). It is based on the General Catalog, published in 1864, which included 2,500 nebulae cataloged by William Herschel and an additional 2,500 cataloged by his son, John Herschel.
NGC 4151 is the brightest Seyfert galaxy. Its coordinates are RA = 12h 10.5m, dec = +39 ° 24', and it can be found below the Big Dipper in Canes Venatici.
AAT 25. NGC 4755, the Jewel Box open cluster in Crux
AAT 83. NGC 5189, weird planetary nebula in Musca ...
This is NGC 7023.
This is the Vela Supernova Remnant. This nebula is the remnant of a supernova that exploded about 10,000 years ago.
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3. Galaxy NGC 4442 is 120 Mpc away. If the Hubble Constant is 68 km/s/Mpc, how fast should NGC 4442 be moving due to the expansion of the Universe?
Solution: Another "pop into formula"
v = Ho d
v = 68 x 120
v = 8200 km/s ...
Supernova in NGC 5806
Star Clusters on a Collision Course (30 Doradus)
Phoenix Cluster Sets Record Pace at Forming Stars ...
Star clusters NGC 2244, NGC 2506, M 50
Meteor Shower: December Monocerids, Alpha Monocerids ...
Spiral galaxy NGC 3982. Credit: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA) ...
Messier 74 or NGC 628 is a face-on spiral galaxy in the constellation Pisces Wikipedia
Hoag's Galaxy is a Ring Galaxy
Black Feathered Sun
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30 Doradus (NGC 2070)
A giant HII region, at least 300 pc across - one of the largest known - in the Large Magellanic Cloud. It is larger and more luminous than any known in the Galaxy.
Spiral Galaxy, NGC 4414
The majestic galaxy, NGC 4414, is located 60 million light-years away. Like the Milky Way, NGC 4414 is a giant spiral-shaped disk of stars, with a bulbous central hub of older yellow and red stars.
the Milky Way
NGC 5907 (a galaxy with a warp)
M31 (the Andromeda galaxy), which you can see with the naked eye.
low surface brightness galaxy ...
The - NGC 4755 (also known as Kappa Crucis) is an of about 100 in the (a in the Southern Hemisphere). Located near Beta Crucis, it was discovered by Abbe Lacaille when he was in South Africa from 1751 to 1752.
Messier object M4, also listed as NGC 6121, is a globular cluster in constellation Scorpius.
M4, SEDS Messier pages ...
The spiral galaxy NGC 4666 spins through the cosmos in this recent image from the La Silla Observatory in Chile. NGC 4666 is known as a starburst galaxy because it is giving birth to thousands of new stars.
Open star cluster NGC 6025
This nice little constellation is located close to circumpolar regions of the south pole of the sky. It is lying between DECL=-60 degrees and DECL=-70 degrees and RA=17h and RA=15h.
Slee identify NGC 4486 (M87) and NGC 5128 as extragalactic radio sources,
1953 - Gerard de Vaucouleurs discovers that the galaxies within approximately 200 million light years of the Virgo cluster are confined to a giant supercluster disk, ...
The first object we willl view is M35, also known as NGC 2168. This cluster is magnitude 5, and can be found nearly directly in the middle of the triangle we discussed above.
Capricornus contains several galaxies including NGC 7103 and the spiral galaxy NGC 6907. It also has many clusters, including Messier 30 but this constellation has no stars brighter than 3rd magnitude.
New General Catalogue (NGC) - (n.)
The common name for "A New General Catalogue of Nebulae and Clusters of Stars," put together by J. L. E. Dreyer in 1888.
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Million Star Cluster NGC 2808
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NEW GENERAL CATALOGUE (NGC)
A catalogue containing some 7840 nebulae, star clusters and galaxies. The catalogue number is frequently used as the name for an object.
NEWTONIAN TELESCOPE ...
More information was added in the 20 next years such that its listings reached close to 15,000 objects. Astronomers refer to galaxies and nebulae by their NGC numbers. For example, the Crab Nebula is called NGC1952.
The observatory was used to discover and record the galaxy NGC 5128-a now much-studied galaxy that radio astronomers know as Centaurus A, within which sits a super-massive black hole (see Recording the impact of a super-massive black hole).
In contrast, the Andromeda galaxy, which is also known as M31 and as NGC 224, is much small on the sky, less than three degrees in length, which is larger than the Moon or the Sun.
The second, known as NGC 5195, is interacting with M51. The outer regions of the two galaxies actually touch each other. M51 is located about 37 million light-years from Earth. Under dark skies, it is an easy target for small telescopes.
Pressing the scroll keys on the Autostar told me further information about the Helix Nebula including its designation as NGC 7293, that it is a planetary nebula, that it is positionally at RA 22:29.6 and Dec. -20 deg. 48 min.
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