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NGC 2646

IC 511 (probable identity)

Proper NameNone
Messier NumberNone
NGC/IC NumberNGC 2646 (probably also an identity of IC 511)
Right Ascension8h 50m 22s
Declination+73° 27' 47"
Distancec.169,900,000 light years
c.52,100,000 parsecs
MagnitudeApparent: +12.1
Absolute: -21.5
Mean DiameterApparent: 1.5'
Actual: c.74,000 light years
Hubble TypeSB0 Barred Lenticular
Optimum VisibilityFebruary (Usually visible from northern latitudes)
NoteNGC 2646 belongs to the class of barred lenticular galaxies: galaxies without a distinct spiral structure, but nonetheless showing the central bar typical of barred spirals. This galaxy is oriented so that it appears almost face-on to an observer on Earth.

A distant galaxy of the lenticular type within Camelopardalis, and near that constellation's border with Ursa Major.


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