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NGC 7596

IC 1477

Proper NameNone
Messier NumberNone
NGC/IC NumbersNGC 7596 and IC 1477
Right Ascension23h 17m 12s
Declination-6° 54' 43"
Distancec.328,100,000 light years
c.100,600,000 parsecs
MagnitudeApparent: +14.2
Absolute: -20.8
DiameterApparent: 1.0'
Actual: c.95,000 light years (long axis)
Hubble TypeS0 Lenticular
Optimum VisibilitySeptember / October
NotesA lenticular galaxy lying close to the Ecliptic as it passes through Aquarius, NGC 7596 has an active galactic nucleus.

Catalogued as both NGC 7596 and IC 1477, this galaxy lies in the eastern parts of the constellation of Aquarius as seen from Earth, to the south of the Circlet formation in Pisces. Its distance is calculated as 110.6 megaparsecs, which equates to approximately 328 million light years.

Imagery provided by Aladin sky atlas

Structurally, NGC 7596 is a lenticular galaxy, in which material is gathered into a distinct plane with a central bulge, but in which the galactic material is largely undifferentiated, with no evidence of spiral arms. This galaxy has an active galactic nucleus, evidencing the existence of a supermassive black hole at the galaxy's core.