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Sculptor Galaxy

Silver Dollar Galaxy, C65, NGC 253

Proper NamesSculptor Galaxy, Silver Dollar Galaxy
Caldwell NumberC65
NGC/IC NumberNGC 253
Right Ascension0h 47m 33s
Declination-25° 17' 20"
Distancec.11,400,000 light years
c.3,500,000 parsecs
MagnitudeApparent: +7.0
Absolute: -20.9
Mean DiameterApparent: 26.8'
Actual: c.94,000 light years
Hubble TypeSABc Intermediate Spiral Galaxy
Optimum VisibilityOctober
NoteAn intermediate spiral galaxy (that is, one with a barely defined central bar) that lies at the heart of the Sculptor Group. In galactic terms, the Sculptor Galaxy and its group are relatively close neighbours of the Milky Way and its Local Group.