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NGC 5576 (12,310 of 18,816)


oc gc pln bn dn gx gxcl ast aka lost




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NGC 5576

NGC 5576, LEDA 51275, MCG+01-37-007, UGC 9183, I 146, h 1783, GC 3851

RA: 14h 21m 3.6s
Dec: +03° 16′ 14.4″

Con: Virgo
Ch: MSA:743, U2:242, SA:14


(reference key)

Type: galaxy (in group), E

Mag: B=12.3, V=?

Size: 2.884′ x 2.041′
PA: 95°

Historical observations

William Herschel (c.1784)

Synonyms: H I-146

Discovered in 1786 by William Herschel with an 18.7-inch f/13 speculum telescope. He called it "Two; the preceding [NGC 5574] pB, pL, E, distance 3' or 4' sp-nf. The following [NGC 5576] cB, R, pL."

Published comments

Sulentic & Tifft (1973)

The RNGC (Sulentic and Tifft 1973) notes that this is a 12.0 mag galaxy. Their coded description reads E,R,BM.

Van den Bergh, S. (1961)

Van den Bergh (1961, Astronomical Journal, Vol 66, p566) notes that this galaxy forms a pure pair with NGC 5574 2.8 arcminutes away.

Modern observations

Tom Lorenzin

Tom Lorenzin, in the e-version of "1000+ The Amateur Astronomers' Field Guide to Deep Sky Observing", notes: "11.9M; 2' x 1' extent; small oblong with much brighter center; 13M star 1.5' NW of core; try to see 13.4M SP GAL N5574 (55" x 20") very faint slash 3' to SW; brighter, larger SP GAL 5566 is 40' N and a little W."

Steve Coe

Steve Coe, observing with a 13" f/5.6, notes: "Pretty bright, pretty large, much brighter middle, round at 100X. The companion is pretty bright, pretty small and elongated, it is 5 arcmin to the SW of 5576."

Contemporary observations

Tom Bryant

2011 5 5 23:13:30

Observing site: Little Bennett Regional Park

Telescope: C-11

[14h 21m 6s, 3 16m 0s] A bright elliptical, forming a nice pair with 5054.

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