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NGC 2258

Proper NamesNone
Messier NumberNone
NGC/IC NumberNGC 2258
ConstellationCamelopardalis
Right Ascension6h 47m 46s
Declination+74° 28' 55"
Distancec.192,400,000 light years
c.59,000,000 parsecs
MagnitudeApparent: +11.85
Absolute: -22.02
DiameterApparent: 3.0'
Actual: c.170,000 light years
Hubble TypeS0 Lenticular
Optimum VisibilityJanuary (Usually visible from northern latitudes)
NotesNGC 2258 is a galaxy rather larger than the Milky Way. It is lenticular in form, possessing a galactic disc and an active nucleus, but lacking distinct spiral arms. NGC 2258 is part of a group of about a hundred galaxies scattered across Camelopardalis in a region some two hundred million light years from the Milky Way Galaxy.

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