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NGC 7038 (16,643 of 18,816)


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NGC 7038

NGC 7038, AM 2111-472, ESO 286-79, LEDA 66414, SGC 211146-4725.7, h 3858, GC 4644

RA: 21h 15m 7.67s
Dec: −47° 13′ 14″

Con: Indus
Ch: MSA:1469, U2:413, SA:23


(reference key)

Type: galaxy, Sc

Mag: B=12.36, V=?

Size: 3.311′ x 1.584′
PA: 127°

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 "F, pL, R, glbM, 90 arcseconds." On a second occassion he called it "B, L, pmE, gbM, 2' long, 90 arcseconds broad."

Published comments

Reynolds, J.H. (1921)

Reynolds, J.H. (1921) The spiral nebulae in the zone 40° to 90° (from the Franklin-Adams Plates). MNRAS, 81, 598.

Table, p601. 4x2, pa 110; F, BN

de Vaucouleurs, G. (1956)

De Vaucouleurs (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).


A supernova erupted in this galaxy in 1983 (18.0pg)

Sandage (1975)

Sandage (1975(Astrophysical Journal, 202, 563-582) notes that this galaxy is a member of the NGC 7014 Indus Group. Members include NGC 7014, NGC 7038, ESO 286-G 42 & ESO 286-G 49.

Sulentic & Tifft (1973)

The RNGC (Sulentic and Tifft 1973) notes that this is a 12.5 mag galaxy.

Photo index

Photo Index by Jim Lucyk: Cat.of South.Peculiar Gal.and Ass. Vol 2 (Arp&Madore, 1987) p11.7, Cat.of South.Peculiar Gal.and Ass. Vol 2 (Arp&Madore, 1987) p11.9.

Modern observations

Brian Skiff

15cm - mod f w/modlosfcbr @ 80x. 140x: 1'.5x0'.6 in pa120 w/mod broad concen

and some *ings over sfc. m14 * off E side. threshold * NW nr edge.

BS, 13Nov1993, LCO.

Contemporary observations

Magda Streicher

(no date)

16-inch f/10 SCT (127x, 290x)

Soft oval show off an even surface brightness and could not get the feeling that it brighten up towards the middle. Very much elongated in a NW-SE direction

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