NGC 2770

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NGC 2770
NGC 2770 Gemini.jpg
NGC 2770 and companion galaxy
Credit: Gemini Observatory/AURA.
Observation data (J2000 epoch)
Constellation Lynx
Right ascension 09h 09m 33.7s[1]
Declination +33° 05′ 05″
Redshift 1941 ± 7 km / second
Distance 88 Mly (27 Mpc)[2]
Type SAC(s)c[1]
Apparent magnitude (V) 12.0[1]
Other designations
Supernova Factory Galaxy[3]
See also: Galaxy, List of galaxies

NGC 2770 is a type SASc spiral galaxy located about 88 million light years away, in the constellation Lynx.[1]

It has been referred to[3] as the 'Supernova Factory' as three supernovas have occurred there recently: SN 1999eh, SN 2007uy, and SN 2008D. The last of these is famous for being the first supernova detected by the X-Rays released very early on in its formation, rather than by the optical light emitted during the later stages, which allowed the first moments of the outburst to be observed. It is possible that NGC 2770's interactions with a suspected companion galaxy may have created the massive stars causing this activity.[4]

NGC 2770 was also the target for the first binocular image produced by the Large Binocular Telescope.[5]

See also[edit]

New General Catalogue


  1. ^ a b c d "NASA/IPAC Extragalactic Database". Results for NGC 2770. Retrieved 2008-05-26. 
  2. ^ Soderberg, Alicia; et al. (May 22, 2008). "An extremely luminous X-ray outburst at the birth of a supernova". Nature 453 (7194): 469–474. arXiv:0802.1712. Bibcode:2008Natur.453..469S. doi:10.1038/nature06997. PMID 18497815. 
  3. ^ a b Astronomy Picture of the Day 18 January 2008
  4. ^ Gemini Observatory Media Release
  5. ^ LBT Press Release - First Binocular Light

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Coordinates: Sky map 09h 09m 33.7s, +33° 05′ 05″