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IC 463

Proper NameNone
Messier NumberNone
NGC/IC NumberIC 463
Right Ascension7h 11m 1s
Declination+50° 7' 4"
Distancec.275,900,000 light years
c.84,600,000 parsecs
MagnitudeApparent: +15.0
Absolute: -19.6
Mean DiameterApparent: 18"
Actual: c.24,000 light years
Hubble TypeS0 Lenticular
Optimum VisibilityJanuary (Usually visible from northern latitudes)
NotesA distant and faint galaxy of the lenticular type, part of a small group of galaxies centred around the elliptical NGC 2340 in the constellation of Lynx.

IC 463 lies within a rich field of galaxies in Lynx known as the NGC 2340 Group (NGC 2340 itself is the much more prominent elliptical galaxy near the northern edge of this image). The entire group is estimated to lie about 275 million light years from the Milky Way Galaxy. Imagery provided by Aladin sky atlas