· · · ·

NGC 5146

Proper NameNone
Messier NumberNone
NGC/IC NumberNGC 5146
Right Ascension13h 26m 38s
Declination-12° 19' 26"
Distancec.286,700,000 light years
c.87,900,000 parsecs
MagnitudeApparent: +14.1
Absolute: -20.1
Mean DiameterApparent: 2.2'
Actual: c.200,000 light years
Hubble TypeE-S0 Elliptical-Lenticular Galaxy
Optimum VisibilityApril / May
NotesThis early-type galaxy belongs to a small and very distant galaxy group. In the skies of Earth, NGC 5146 and its group occupy a region just southward of the bright star Spica in Virgo. This galaxy is not to be confused with the Cocoon Nebula, IC 5146 (whereas this galaxy is NGC 5146, a point of misidentification found in various sources).

Imagery provided by Aladin sky atlas