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NGC 1332

NGC 1332, ESO 548-18, LEDA 12838, MCG-04-09-011, SGC 032404-2130.6, UGCA 72, I 60, GC 709

RA: 03h 26m 16.6s
Dec: −21° 20′ 4″

Con: Eridanus
Ch: MSA:356, U2:311, SA:18


(reference key)

Type: galaxy, S0

Mag: B=12, V=?

Size: 3.89′ x 1.23′
PA: 148°

Historical observations

William Herschel (c.1784)

Synonyms:H I-060

Discovered in 1784 by William Herschel with an 18.7-inch f/13 speculum telescope. He called it "vB S lE mbM."

Webb, T.W. (1893)

In the 5th edition of Webb's Celestial Objects for Common Telescopes it is commented with "continuous spectrum."

Published comments

Doig, P. (1925)

Doig, P. (1925) Notes on the nebulae and clusters in Webb's 'Celestial Objects for Common Telescopes' (Sixth edition, Vol.ii). Part I. M.N.R.A.S., 35(5), 159.

de Vaucouleurs, G. (1975) Eridanus Cloud

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.

Includes NGC 1209 and NGC 1332 groups.

Brightest members: 1232 ( B(0) = 10.73), 1398 ( B(0) = 10.73), 1187 ( B(0) = 11.21), 1300 ( B(0) = 11.34), 1407 ( B(0) = 11.43).

Photo index

Photo Index by Jim Lucyk: Galaxies (Hodge,1986) p14.


A supernova erupted in this galaxy in 1982 (14.0v).

Sandage & Tammann (1975)

Sandage, A. & Tammann, G. A. (1975) Steps toward the Hubble constant. V - The Hubble constant from nearby galaxies and the regularity of the local velocity field. ApJ, 196, 313-328. [1975ApJ...196..313S]

Sandage and Tammann includes this galaxy in the Eridanus Group. Members include NGC 1187, NGC 1201, NGC 1232, NGC 1255, NGC 1297, NGC 1300, NGC 1302, NGC 1325, NGC 1325A, NGC 1331, NGC 1332, NGC 1353, NGC 1359, NGC 1371, NGC 1385, NGC 1395, NGC 1398, NGC 1407, NGC 1415, NGC 1426, NGC 1439 & IC 1953.

Sandage, A. et al. (1975) Galaxies and the Universe

G. de Vaucouleurs ("Galaxies and the Universe", Chapter 14 - Nearby Groups of Galaxies) notes that the Eridanus Cloud includes the NGC 1209 and NGC 1332 groups. The five brightest members of the Eridanus Group are NGC 1232, NGC 1398, NGC 1187, NGC 1300 & NGC 1407.

Sulentic & Tifft (1973)

The RNGC (Sulentic and Tifft 1973) notes that this is a 11.5 mag galaxy. Their coded description reads EL,BM,HISB,DIFHALO.

Modern observations

Morales, Ron J. (1984)

Morales, R.J. (1984) Observer's Page: The NGC 1332 galaxy group. Sky&Telescope, Feb, 189.

Walter Scott Houston

Houston notes that "there is an interesting [galaxy] group surrounding the 10th mag elliptical NGC 1332." (Sky&Telescope, Feb. 1984, p189) He notes that NGC 1332 - 10th mag and 3'x1' - has a faint companion, NGC 1325, half a degree to the southwest.

Tom Lorenzin

Tom Lorenzin, in the electronic version of "1000+ The Amateur Astronomers' Field Guide to Deep Sky Observing", notes: "11.2M; 3'x <1' extent; medium bright oblong with brighter center and stellar core; 30' to WSW is SP GAL N1325 (12.5M; 4'x 1' extent) soft slash with little brighter center; 90' to ENE is SP GAL N1353 (12.5M; 3'x 1' extent) soft oblong with very faint stellar core"

Steve Gottlieb

03 26.3 -21 20

13: bright, moderately large, very bright core, edge-on 4:1 NW-SE,

2.4'x0.6', faint star just SW of the core. Forms a pair with N1331 = IC

324 2.8' SE (collinear with the major axis).

8: fairly bright, fairly small, elongated NW-SE, bright core, diffuse halo.

N1331 not seen.

Steve Coe

Steve Coe, observing with a 13" f/5.6, notes: "Pretty bright, pretty large and much brighter in the middle at 165X. It is much elongated (3X1) in PA 115 degrees. There is a very bright central nucleus."

Brian Skiff

NGC: pa114.

Lick: pa120.

ESO: pa148.

15cm - br, elong E-W, 2'x0'.5. seems vlong but not really. *ar nuc in vbr core.

25cm - 2'x0'.5 in pa110. halo vf, vsm core exceedingly br. *ar nuc.

30cm - br, elong pa110, 2'.5x0'.8. core br, 30" across, circ. sub*ar nuc.

Contemporary observations

Tom Bryant

2010 11 6 23:49:45

Observing site: Fall Star Party

Telescope: C-11

[3h 26m 18s, -21 20' 0"] An edge on spiral with a bright nucleus. 1331 is just east of it and quite a bit fainter. B: E7/S0

Richard Ford

2012 December 16th, Sun


Sky Conditions:The fainter parts of the Milky Way are barely visible.Haziness only visible on the horizon.Atmosphere stable with little interference.

Instrument:12-inch Dobsonian.

This galaxy has small extensions on both sides and that this galaxy is slightly elongated.The nucleus of this galaxy is compact and fairly bright and around the outskirts of this galaxy there is some areas of even brightness all over.This galaxy measures 3.5'x 0.7'with PA East-to-West.Challenge Rating:Difficult.Chart:No.180,NSOG Vol.1

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