Coordinates: Sky map 04h 17m 35.8s, −62° 47′ 01″

NGC 1559

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NGC 1559
NGC 1559.png
Observation data (J2000.0 epoch)
Right ascension4h 17m 35.8s[1]
Declination−62° 47′ 1″[1]
Redshift1304 ± 4 km/s[1]
Apparent magnitude (V)11[1]
Apparent size (V)3′.5 × 2′.0[1]
Other designations
PGC 14814[1]

NGC 1559 is a barred spiral galaxy in the constellation Reticulum. It is also a Seyfert galaxy. Although it was originally thought to be a member of the Dorado Group,[2] subsequent observations have shown that it is in fact not a member of any galaxy group or cluster and does not have any nearby companions.[3][4] NGC 1559 has massive spiral arms and strong star formation.[3] It contains a small bar which is oriented nearly east-west and spans 40″.[3] Its bar and disc are the source of very strong radio emissions.[3]

In 2005, a Type 1a supernova, (SN 2005df) was observed. Two other supernovae discovered in NGC 1559 were SN 1984J and SN 1986L. All three were discovered by Australian amateur astronomer Robert Evans.[5]

Supernova SN 2005df is visible as the bright star just above the galaxy (imaged by ESO's 8.2m VLT)


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "NASA/IPAC Extragalactic Database", Results for NGC 4650A, retrieved 2007-04-03
  2. ^ Huchra, J. P.; Geller, M. J. (June 15, 1982), "Groups of galaxies. I - Nearby groups", Astrophysical Journal, 257 (Part 1): 423–437, Bibcode:1982ApJ...257..423H, doi:10.1086/160000
  3. ^ a b c d Beck, R.; Shoutenkov, V.; Ehle, M.; Harnett, J. I.; et al. (August 2002), "Magnetic fields in barred galaxies. I. The atlas", Astronomy and Astrophysics, 391 (1): 83–102, arXiv:astro-ph/0207201, Bibcode:2002A&A...391...83B, doi:10.1051/0004-6361:20020642
  4. ^ Maia, M. A. G.; da Costa, L. N.; Latham, David W. (April 1989), "A catalog of southern groups of galaxies", Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series, 69: 809–829, Bibcode:1989ApJS...69..809M, doi:10.1086/191328, ISSN 0067-0049
  5. ^ "Supernova Discoveries by Rev. Robert Evans". Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 11 July 2015.

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