NGC 1052

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NGC 1052
Observation data (J2000 epoch)
Constellation Cetus
Right ascension 02h 41.1m[1]
Declination −8° 15′ 21″[1]
Type E4[1]
Apparent dimensions (V) 3.0′ × 2.1′[1]
Apparent magnitude (V) 12.1[1]
See also: Galaxy, List of galaxies

NGC 1052 is an elliptical galaxy in the constellation Cetus.


NGC 1052 is located at a distance of around 63 million light years from the Milky Way,[2] and has a LINER-type active galactic nucleus which signals the intense starburst activity in the galaxy's center[3] that were confirmed with observations with better resolution showing a number of star-forming regions and young star clusters.[4]

NGC 1052 shows also two small jets emerging from its nucleus as well as a very extended disc of neutral hydrogen, far larger than the galaxy itself,[5] all these features suggesting a gas-rich galaxy collided and merged with it 1 billion years ago producing all the above features.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d e "NASA/IPAC Extragalactic Database". Results for NGC 1052. Retrieved 2013-12-21. 
  2. ^ J. L. Tonry, A. Dressler, J. P. Blakeslee, E. A. Ajhar, A. B. Fletcher, G. A. Luppino, M. R. Metzger, C. B. Moore (2001). "The SBF Survey of Galaxy Distances. IV. SBF Magnitudes, Colors, and Distances". Astrophysical Journal 546 (2): 681–693. Bibcode:2001ApJ...546..681T. doi:10.1086/318301. 
  3. ^ Michael Pierce, Jean P. Brodie, Duncan A. Forbes, Michael A. Beasley, Robert Proctor, Jay Strader (2005). "The Evolutionary History of the Elliptical Galaxy NGC 1052". Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 358 (1): 419–431. Bibcode:2005MNRAS.358..419P. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2966.2005.08778.x. 
  4. ^ a b Fernández-Ontiveros, J. A.; López-Sanjuan, C.; Montes, M.; Prieto, M. A.; Acosta-Pulido, J. A. (2011). "The most recent burst of star formation in the massive elliptical galaxy NGC 1052". Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society:Letters 411 (1): L21–L25. doi:10.1111/j.1745-3933.2010.00985.x. 
  5. ^ Notes for NGC 1052 (NED)