NGC 2976

Spiral Galaxy NGC 2976 (= H I.285), type Scp, in Ursa Major

Right Ascension 09 : 47.3 (h:m)
Declination +67 : 55 (deg:m)
Distance 12000 (kly)
Visual Brightness 10.85 (mag)
Apparent Dimension 4.9 x 2.5 (arc min)

Discovered by William Herschel in 1801.

This picture was taken with an SBIG ST-4 CCD camera on the 16" telescope of the Univ. of Colorado/Col. Springs. It shows the galaxy NGC 2976 in Ursa Major, up near the Big Dipper. This galaxy is about 11 to 13 million light years away, and a member of the M81 group. The exposure time was 100 seconds and the (full!) moon was out. The image was processed on Amiga 1000 and 3000 computers.

Credit: Chris Wetherill, UCCS

NGC 2976 is a peculiar spiral galaxy of Hubble type Scp.

  • NED data of NGC 2976
  • SIMBAD Data of NGC 2976
  • Observing Reports for NGC 2976 (IAAC Netastrocatalog)

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