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NGC 1156

NGC 1156, LEDA 11329, MCG+04-08-006, SPB 37, UGC 2455, VV 531, II 619, GC 627

RA: 02h 59m 42.34s
Dec: +25° 14′ 15″

Con: Aries
Ch: MSA:166, U2:131, SA:4


(reference key)

Type: galaxy, Sm

Mag: B=12, V=?

Size: 3.162′ x 2.511′
PA: 25°

Historical observations

William Herschel (c.1784)

Synonyms: H II-619

Discovered in 1786 by William Herschel with an 18.7-inch f/13 speculum telescope. He called it "pB, cL, pmE in the meridian, resolvable, 1' south of a star."

Published comments

Photo index

Photo Index by Jim Lucyk: Burnhams V1 p94, Burnhams V1 p251, Hubble Atl.of Gal. (Sandage 1961) p39, Rev.Shapley-Ames Cat.of Bright Gal. (Sandage,Tammann 1981) p111, Galaxies (Hodge,1986) p13.

Sulentic & Tifft (1973)

(Sulentic and Tifft 1973) notes that this is a 12.5 mag galaxy. Their coded description reads IRR,MBM,DIFPERIPH KNY PERIPH.

Schmidt, K.-H. et al. (1993)

Schmidt K.-H., Priebe A. & Boller T. (1993) Nearby galaxies. Revised machine-readable version of the catalogue. Astron. Nachr., 314, 371. [1993AN....314..371S]

Other names: "U2455". Inclination: (face-on, in degrees) 42 Total photoelectric blue mag 12.32 Total colour index .58 Logarithm of the angular diameter D25 (arcminutes) 1.52 Blue photographic magnitude 12.00 This galaxy is included in a sample of galaxies with velocity less than 500km/s with respect to the centroid of the Local Group. [Nearby Galaxies. Schmidt K.-H., Priebe A., Boller T. (Astron. Nachr. 314, 371 (1993))]

Page, Thornton (1975)

("Galaxies and the Universe", Chapter 13 - Binary Galaxies) notes that NGC 672, NGC 1156 (?) and IC 1727 are possibly members of the NGC 1023 Group.

Sandage, A. (1961) The Hubble Atlas of Galaxies

This galaxy appears on page 39 of "The Hubble Atlas of Galaxies" by Allan Sandage (1961, Washington, DC).

de Vaucouleurs, G. (1975)

de Vaucouleurs, G. (1975) Nearby groups of galaxies. In: Kuiper, G. (ed) Stars and Stellar Systems. Volume 9: Galaxies and the Universe. Chapter 14, p557.

NGC 1023 Group: Several large spirals of type Sc and later including NGC 925, 1003, 1058, and IC 239... the edge-on system NGC 891 and the close pair of late-type spirals NGC 672, IC 1727 are probable or possible outlying members. NGC 1156, a Magellanic irregular some 20° away, is another possible outlying member.

Burnham's Celestial Handbook

Burnham notes that this 12.5 mag irregular galaxy in Aries (2.0'x1.5') is pretty bright, pretty large and considerably elongated.

Modern observations

Steve Gottlieb

& U02455 & M+04-08-006 & VV 531 02 59.7 +25 14 8: faint, diffuse, slightly elongated SSW-NNE. A mag 12.5 star is just NW of the NE flank.

Tom Lorenzin

Tom Lorenzin, in the electronic version of "1000+ The Amateur Astronomers' Field Guide to Deep Sky Observing", notes: "12.5M; 2'x 1.5' extent; faint oblong with bright star 1' to WNW; good supernove prospect; photo at HAG-39; 75' due W of 5.4M 52 ARI."

Brian Skiff

RC3: V=11.7/13.9

POSS: pa34. see sketch of nrby *s in card file.

UGC: pa[25].

15cm - fairly easy. well concen. a few *s. nice.

- again an Aries gx nr a br *, vis @ 30x. m11-11.5 * lies just w/in NNW boundary. gx is elong in pa20, 1'x0'.75. mod broad concen, no well-def core or nuc. wkly mottled texture. m14.5-15 * at threshold just off SSE side. BS, ?Nov1988, Anderson Mesa.

25cm - lg, fairly br. elong NE-SW, 2'.5x1'.5. m11 * on N side. two vf *s inside neb. dkr lane intrudes at an angle from SW 1' long.

30cm - neat; broad irreg form. 2'.6 long in pa15, varying in width from 1' to 1'.5. N end is lgr and curves a little E. S end has more extensive halo and a few f *s embedded. m12 * on NW edge.

Steve Coe

Steve Coe, using a 13" f/5.6, notes: "Pretty bright, pretty large, elongated 2 X 1 in PA 30 and somewhat mottled at 165X."

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