NGC 1398

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NGC 1398
Ribbons and pearls NGC 1398.jpg
NGC 1398 taken by FORS2 instrument at ESO's VLT.
Observation data (J2000 epoch)
Constellation Fornax
Right ascension 03h 38m 52.13s[1]
Declination −26° 20′ 16.2″[1]
Redshift 0.004657[1]
Distance 65 million light years[2]
Apparent magnitude (V) 10.63[1]
Type (R')SB(r)ab[1]
Apparent size (V) 7.1′ × 5.4′[1]
Other designations
ESO 482-22[1]
See also: Galaxy, List of galaxies

NGC 1398 is an isolated barred spiral galaxy exhibiting a double ring structure. It is located 65 million light years from the Earth, in the constellation of Fornax.[2][3] The galaxy, with a diameter of 135,000 light years, is slightly larger than the Milky Way. Over 100 billion stars are in the galaxy.[4] It was first discovered by Friedrich Winnecke of Karlsruhe, Germany, on 17 December 1868, while he was searching for comets.[5]


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  2. ^ a b "NGC 1398". Retrieved 17 February 2015.
  3. ^ Moore, E. M.; Gottesman, S. T. (1 July 1995). "THE BARRED SPIRAL GALAXY NGC 1398 AND ITS PATTERN SPEED". The Astrophysical Journal. 447: 159. Bibcode:1995ApJ...447..159M. doi:10.1086/175862. Retrieved 17 February 2015.
  4. ^ "Dark Energy Survey kicks off second season cataloging the wonders of deep space". Retrieved 17 February 2015.
  5. ^ Stephen James O'Meara (12 April 2007). Deep-Sky Companions: Hidden Treasures. Cambridge University Press. p. 110. ISBN 978-1-139-46373-7.