NGC 1313

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NGC 1313
A Very Large Telescope (VLT) image of NGC 1313.
Credit: ESO.
Observation data (J2000.0 epoch)
Constellation Reticulum
Right ascension 03h 18m 15.4s [1]
Declination −66° 29′ 50″ [1]
Distance 12.886 MLY from the milky way [1]
Apparent dimensions (V) 9.1 x 7.1 arcmin [1]
Other designations
Topsy Turvy Galaxy
See also: Galaxy, List of galaxies

NGC 1313 (also known as the Topsy Turvy Galaxy) is a barred spiral galaxy discovered by the Scottish astronomer James Dunlop on 27 September 1826. It has a strikingly uneven shape and its axis of rotation is not exactly in its centre.[2] In the vicinity of NGC 1313 there is another galaxy called NGC 1309. NGC 1309 was the site of supernova SN 1987k.

Central region of NGC 1313 taken with the Hubble Space Telescope.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d "NASA/IPAC Extragalactic Database". Results for NGC 1313. Retrieved 8 Dec 2008. 
  2. ^ "Astronomy Picture Of The Day". NASA.