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NGC 6438 (15,110 of 18,816)


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NGC 6438

NGC 6438, VV 682, AM 1806-852, ESO 10-1, LEDA 61787, SGC 180551-8525.1, h 3701, GC 4330

RA: 18h 22m 15.8s
Dec: −85° 24′ 4″

Con: Octans
Ch: MSA:1545, U2:472, SA:26


(reference key)

Type: galaxies (interacting), E/S0

Mag: B=12.5, V=11.61

Size: 1.148′ x 1.071′
PA: ?

Historical observations

John Herschel (1847) Cape Observations

Discovered by Sir John Herschel at the Cape of Good Hope with an 18-inch f/13 speculum telescope. He recorded it as "pB, R, vgbM."

Modern observations

Steve Gottlieb

Southern galaxies from Australia

[amastro] posting, Apr 30, 2008

18 22 17.7 -85 24 07

V = 11.1; Size 1.6x1.3; Surf Br = 11.8; PA = 156d

24" (4/11/08): at 260x, the appearance of this interacting peculiar galaxy is very strange! N6438 is moderately bright, small, round, 0.4' diameter. An elongated glow attached on the E side is a disrupted system (N6438A) with two extensions or arms (it may be two different interacting galaxies). Visually the companion appeared as a faint, diffuse, elongated SW-NE glow attached to N6438, ~0.8'x0.5'. This system is the second closest NGC galaxy to the south celestial pole. Located 4' NE of a mag 9.5 star and 16' NE of mag 8 HD 160820.

Published comments

Shapley, H. & Paraskevopoulos, J.S. (1940)

Galactic and Extragalactic Studies, III. Photographs of thirty southern nebulae and clusters. Proc. N.A.S., 26, 31-36.

Sulentic & Tifft (1973)

The RNGC (Sulentic and Tifft 1973) notes that this is a galaxy.

Freeman & de Vaucouleurs (1974)

An interpretation of ring galaxies and the properties of intergalactic gas clouds. Astrophys.J., 194, 569-585.

Freeman and de Vaucouleurs (1974, Astrophysical Journal, 194, 569-585) lists NGC 6438 as a ring galaxy.

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by Jim Lucyk: Cat.of South.Peculiar Gal.and Ass. Vol 2 (Arp&Madore, 1987) p2.7.

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