· · · ·

IC 1052

Proper NameNone
Messier NumberNone
NGC/IC NumberIC 1052
Right Ascension14h 44m 14s
Declination+20° 36' 50"
Distancec.469,700,000 light years
c.144,000,000 parsecs
MagnitudeApparent: +14.6
Absolute: -21.2
Mean DiameterApparent: 1.1'
Actual: c.150,000 light years
Hubble TypeSBc Barred Spiral
Optimum VisibilityMay
NotesThis barred spiral galaxy in the southern parts of Boötes has its arms wound in a relatively open structure. Its attitude relative to the Milky Way means that it is seen almost edge-on in the sky, appearing as a narrow ellipse.

The barred spiral IC 1052 in Boötes, with a much smaller and fainter galaxy, SDSSCGB 8148.3, visible to its immediate west. The bright source near the galaxy's southern edge is not associated with IC 1052, but is in fact a fifteenth-magnitude foreground star (SDSS J144412.93+203641.1) within the Milky Way. (Note that blue clouding effect in the lower left of this image is a photographic artefact.) Imagery provided by Aladin sky atlas