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NGC 1379

NGC 1379, ESO 358-27, LEDA 13299, MCG-06-09-001, SGC 033408-3536.3, h 2561, GC 741

RA: 03h 36m 4.1s
Dec: −35° 26′ 34.5″

Con: Fornax
Ch: MSA:401, U2:355, SA:18


(reference key)

Type: galaxy (in cluster), E

Mag: B=11.94, V=?

Size: 2.57′ x 2.511′
PA: 6°

Historical observations

John Herschel

This elliptical galaxy was discovered by Sir John Herschel, who erroneously classified it as a globular cluster, describing it as "pB, R, gpmbM, 70 arcseconds." He later wrote: "vB, Seen but no place or description further."

His mistake is understandable, for the galaxy indeed resembles a globular cluster.

Published comments

Hinks, A.R. (1911)

Hinks, A. R. (1911) On the galactic distribution of gaseous nebulae and of star clusters. MNRAS, 71(8), 693-701.

List 6: "NGC numbers of clusters classed as globular, not in Bailey's catalogue"

Bailey, S.I. A catalogue of bright clusters and nebulae. Ann.Harv.Coll.Obs., 60(8), 199.

Helwan Obs. Bulletin No 15 (1915)

B, S, R, vmbM, not resolved visually.

Charlier, C.V.L. (1931)

Charlier, C V L (1931) "Stellar clusters and related celestial phaenomena", Lund Annals 2, 14, No. 19. Charlier examined prints from the Franklink-Adams atlas; "Table 6 gives a list of those objects in Bailey's catalogue for which the globular character is uncertain or not probable..."

NGC 1379 Remarks: "hazy *, F, R, mbM, r."

Knox Shaw, H. (1915)

Knox Shaw, H. (1915) Note on the nebulae and star clusters shown on the Franklin-Adams plates. M.N.R.A.S., 76(2), 105-107.

Comments on papers by Harding (MNRAS, 74(8)), and Melotte (MemRAS 60(5)) describing objects foundon the Franklin-Adams plates; compares with plates taken with the Reynolds reflector (Helwan Obs Bull. 9-15):

Amongst the objects classed as globular clusters in the NGC, and not identified by Mr Melotte, 1379 and 1387 are simialr to 1380 and 1399, and probably nebulae.

de Vaucouleurs, G. (1956)

"Survey of bright galaxies south of -35 declination", Mem. Mount Stromlo, No. 13. (photographic study, plates taken with the 30-inch Reynolds reflector, 20-inch diaphragm).

Sulentic & Tifft (1973)

(Sulentic and Tifft 1973) notes that this is a 12.5 mag galaxy. Their coded description reads E,R,BM.

Modern observations

Steve Gottlieb

03 36.1 -35 26

13: bright, almost round, bright core, almost stellar nucleus. Forms a right angle with N1387 11.5' SE and N1381 10' NE. Member of the Fornax cluster.

8: faint, small, round, bright core.

Hartung, E.J. (1968) Astron.Obj.South.Tel

Hartung notes that "this interesting field sprinkled with stars contains three nebulae, all fairly bright . . . NGC 1379 is the most preceding, and is round with a bright centre, and about 1.5' across". NGC 1381 lies 9' northeast and NGC 1387 lies 12' southeast. It measures only 3' across and is of magnitude 12.3.

AJ Crayon

AJ Crayon, using an 8" f/6 Newtonian, notes: "is an elliptical galaxy. It is round 12m and has a large little brighter middle at 60X."

Brian Skiff

15cm - mod br gx @ 80x. 140x: 2' diam w/strong even concen to vsm br core with *ar nuc just vis over it. BS, 17Nov1993, LCO.

25cm - more diffuse than -87, 0'.75 diam, circ. bar extends from center NW, another arm diametrically NE-SW (pa30); these are transient. gradually brtr across center. best @ 125x. 20' fld has many m13+ *s. BS, 25Jan1982, Anderson Mesa.

30cm - little concen for elliptical type gx. all core w/occas * or *ar nuc. 45" diam, circ.

Contemporary observations

Auke Slotegraaf

2009 January 27

Sutherland (Huis Lana)

"Bertha" 12-inch f/4.8 Dobsonian (EP: 32mm, 25mm, 10mm, 6.3mm Plossls, 2x Barlow, 32mm Erfle)

Conditions: Clear, dark.

Four galaxies, members of the Fornax cluster, just managing to share the same 21-arcmin (120x) field of view: NGC 1382, NGC 1381, NGC 1379 & NGC 1387. NGC 1379 and NGC 1387 are very similar in appearance: pretty bright, round, and are brighter towards their centres. NGC 1379 is the slightly larger but a little fainter than NGC 1387. (D: 20090127/28. U355)


In a 15.5-inch telescope at 220x, the galaxy appears large with a small nucleus compared to the rest of the body. Lies in the same field as NGC 1381 and NGC 1387.

Tom Bryant

2010 11 5 2:39:53

Observing site: Fall Star Party

Telescope: C-11

[3h 36m 6s, -35 27' 0"] Dyer's description that it looks like a globular is accurate. Nice elliptical. B: E0.

Richard Ford

2013 January 13 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 a small round shape which looks like a tiny vague soccer ball seen at 57x but more detail of this galaxy's roundish shape is obvious at 75x.The nucleus of this galaxy is fairly compact and is seen as a faint smudge of grayish light.The nucleus of this galaxy somewhat grows slightly brighter compared to the far outskirts of this galaxy.This galaxy measures 2.7'x 1.3'Chart No.200, NSOG Vol.1.

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