NGC 1672

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NGC 1672
NGC1672 - Iotw2205a.jpg
The galaxy photographed with the Victor M. Blanco Telescope
Observation data (J2000 epoch)
Right ascension04h 45m 42.500s[1]
Declination−59° 14′ 49.85″[1]
Redshift1331 ± 3 km/s[1]
Distance51.7 ± 3.0 Mly (15.86 ± 0.92 Mpc)[2]
Apparent magnitude (V)10.3[1]
Apparent size (V)6′.6 × 5′.5[1]
Other designations
PGC 15941[1]

NGC 1672 is a barred spiral galaxy located in the constellation Dorado. It was discovered by the astronomer James Dunlop on November 5, 1826.[3] It was originally unclear whether it was a member of the Dorado Group, with some sources[4] finding it to be a member and other sources[5] rejecting its membership. However, recent tip of the red-giant branch (TRGB) measurements indicate that NGC 1672 is located at the same distance as other members, suggesting it is indeed a member of the Dorado Group.[2]

NGC 1672 has a large bar which is estimated to measure around 20 kpc.[6] It has very strong radio emissions emanating from its nucleus, bar, and the inner portion of the spiral arm region.[6] The nucleus is Seyfert type 2 and is engulfed by a starburst region.[6] The strongest polarized emissions come from the northeastern region which is upstream from its dust lanes.[6] Magnetic field lines are at large angles with respect to the bar and turn smoothly to the center.[6]

General structure[edit]

The center of the galaxy contains a high surface brightness bar, and four filament-like spiral arms extend outward from the ends of this bar. The spiral arms are asymmetric; one of the arms in the northeast part of the disk is significantly brighter than its counterpart on the other side. The spiral arms also contain numerous star formation regions, some of which may be as large as 4′′.[7]


The classification of the nucleus of NGC 1672 is uncertain. Most galaxies may be classified by their spectra as having one of three different types of nuclei:[8]

NGC 1672, however, is one of several nearby galaxies that does not fit into this classification scheme, as its spectrum appears intermediary between these three classes of objects.[8] It may in fact contain both nuclear star formation regions and an AGN. In some wave bands (such as in ultraviolet light), the star formation regions are the primary source of emission.[9]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Results for object NGC 1672 (NGC 1672)". NASA/IPAC Extragalactic Database. California Institute of Technology. Retrieved 2021-04-29.
  2. ^ a b Tikhonov, N. A.; Galazutdinova, O. A. (2020). "Distance to the Dorado Group". Astrophysical Bulletin. 75 (4): 384–393. arXiv:2009.04090. Bibcode:2020AstBu..75..384T. doi:10.1134/S199034132004015X. S2CID 221556782.
  3. ^ Seligman, Courtney. "New General Catalogue objects: NGC 1650 - 1699". Retrieved 2021-04-29.
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ a b c d e 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.
  7. ^ A. Sandage; J. Bedke (1994). Carnegie Atlas of Galaxies. Washington, D.C.: Carnegie Institution of Washington. ISBN 978-0-87279-667-6.
  8. ^ a b P. Veron; A. C. Goncalves; M. P. Veron-Cetty (1997). "AGNs with composite spectra". Astronomy and Astrophysics. 319: 52–66. Bibcode:1997A&A...319...52V.
  9. ^ A. L. Kinney; R. C. Bohlin; D. Calzetti; N. Panagia; et al. (1993). "An atlas of ultraviolet spectra of star-forming galaxies". Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series. 86: 5–93. Bibcode:1993ApJS...86....5K. doi:10.1086/191771.

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Coordinates: Sky map 04h 45m 42.500s, −59° 14′ 49.85″