NGC 1288

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Spiral galaxy NGC 1288
Composite image of NGC 1288 taken with the Very Large Telescope. Supernova SN 2006dr is visible just to the left of the nucleus.
Observation data
Constellation Fornax
Right ascension 03h 17m 13.176s[1]
Declination –32° 34′ 33.08″[1]
Redshift 0.01500[2]
Helio radial velocity 4,497[2] km/s
Distance 196 Mly (60 Mpc)[3]
Type SABc(rs)[4]
Mass/Light ratio 14[3] M/L
Apparent size (V) 2′.2 × 1′.8[5]
See also: Galaxy, List of galaxies

NGC 1288 is an intermediate barred spiral galaxy located about 196[3] million light years away in the constellation Fornax.[5] In the nineteenth century, English astronomer John Herschel described it as "very faint, large, round, very gradually little brighter middle." The morphological classification of SABc(rs)[4] indicates weak bar structure across the nucleus (SAB), an incomplete inner ring orbiting outside the bar (rs), and the multiple spiral arms are moderately wound (c).[6] The spiral arms branch at intervals of 120° at a radius of 30″ from the nucleus. The galaxy is most likely surrounded by a dark matter halo, giving it a mass-to-light ratio of 14 M/L.[3]

On July 17, 2006, a supernova with a magnitude of 16.1 was imaged in this galaxy from Pretoria, South Africa, at 12″ east and 2″ of the galactic core.[7] Designated SN 2006dr, it was determined to be a type Ia supernova.[8]


  1. ^ a b Skrutskie, M. F.; et al. (February 2006), "The Two Micron All Sky Survey (2MASS)", The Astronomical Journal, 131 (2): 1163–1183, Bibcode:2006AJ....131.1163S, doi:10.1086/498708. 
  2. ^ a b Jones, D. Heath; et al. (October 2009), "The 6dF Galaxy Survey: final redshift release (DR3) and southern large-scale structures", Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 399 (2): 683–698, arXiv:0903.5451Freely accessible, Bibcode:2009MNRAS.399..683J, doi:10.1111/j.1365-2966.2009.15338.x. 
  3. ^ a b c d Fuchs, B.; et al. (December 1999), "Quantitative interpretation of the morphology of NGC 1288", Astronomy and Astrophysics, 352: L36–L39, Bibcode:1999A&A...352L..36F. 
  4. ^ a b D. A., Gadotti; et al. (September 2001), "Homogenization of the Stellar Population along Late-Type Spiral Galaxies", The Astronomical Journal, 122 (3): 1298–1318, arXiv:astro-ph/0106303Freely accessible, Bibcode:2001AJ....122.1298G, doi:10.1086/322126. 
  5. ^ a b Aranda, Ted (2012), 3,000 Deep-Sky Objects: An Annotated Catalogue, Patrick Moore's practical astronomy series, Springer, p. 107, ISBN 144199419X. 
  6. ^ Buta, Ronald J.; et al. (2007), Atlas of Galaxies, Cambridge University Press, pp. 13–17, ISBN 0521820480. 
  7. ^ D. W. E., Green, ed. (July 2006), "Supernova 2006dr in NGC 1288", Central Bureau Electronic Telegrams, 578: 1, Bibcode:2006CBET..578....1M. 
  8. ^ B., Monard (June 2007), "Report on CCD activities at the Bronberg Observatory (CBA Pretoria) in 2006", Monthly Notes of the Astronomical Society of South Africa, 66 (5–6): 106–109, Bibcode:2007MNSSA..66..106M. 

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Coordinates: Sky map 03h 17m 13.176s, −32° 34′ 33.08″