NGC 1052

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NGC 1052
NGC 1052 (lower left) imaged with a 32-inch telescope
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; et al. (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; et al. (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.; et al. (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. Bibcode:2010MNRAS.tmpL.179F. doi:10.1111/j.1745-3933.2010.00985.x. 
  5. ^ Notes for NGC 1052 (NED)