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Proper NameNone
Messier NumberNone
NGC/IC NumberNGC 2
Right Ascension0h 7m 17s
Declination+27° 40' 42"
Distancec.288,000,000 light years
c.88,300,000 parsecs
MagnitudeApparent: +14.12
Absolute: -21.12
Mean DiameterApparent: 0.9'
Actual: c.100,700 light years
Hubble TypeSab spiral
Optimum VisibilityOctober
NotesThough it lies close to NGC 1 in the sky, NGC 2 is not directly related, and actually lies a considerable distance beyond NGC 1. Its two most related galaxies in fact lie some distance to the southwest in the sky: two companion spirals designated UGC 13 and UGC 40.

The spiral galaxy immediately to the north of NGC 2 in this image is NGC 1, which actually lies nearly fifty million light years closer to the Milky Way than NGC 2. Imagery provided by Aladin sky atlas


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