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Observation data (J2000 epoch)
Right ascension00h 07m 17.1s[1]
Declination+27° 40′ 42″[1]
Helio radial velocity7559 km/s[1]
Galactocentric velocity7720 km/s[1]
Distance345 ± 24 Mly
(105.7 ± 7.4 Mpc)[2]
Apparent magnitude (V)+15.0[1]
Absolute magnitude (V)-22.58[1]
Apparent size (V)1′.0 × 0′.6[1]
Notable features-
Other designations
GC 6246, UGC 59, PGC 567[1]

NGC 2 is a spiral galaxy in the constellation Pegasus, discovered by Lawrence Parsons, 4th Earl of Rosse on 20 August 1873, and was described as "very faint, small, south of NGC 1."[3] It lies slightly to the south of NGC 1. It is a faint spiral galaxy of apparent magnitude 14.2.[1]

NGC 2 is about 115,000 light years in diameter, but is 3 to 5 times more luminous than the Milky Way as it is quite compact. AGC 102559, a galaxy 60,000-light-years in diameter, is the closest galaxy to NGC 2, being only 1.8 million light-years from it. Although it is apparently quite close to NGC 1, the latter is closer and unrelated to NGC 2.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "NASA/IPAC Extragalactic Database". Results for NGC 2. Retrieved 2006-11-18.
  2. ^ "Distance Results for NGC 0002". NASA/IPAC Extragalactic Database. Retrieved 2010-05-03.
  3. ^ Seligman, Courtney. "NGC 2 (= PGC 567)". Retrieved 16 November 2016.

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Coordinates: Sky map 00h 07m 17.1s, +27° 40′ 42″