NGC 2915

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NGC 2915
NGC2915 3.6 5.8 8.0 microns spitzer.png
NGC 2915 as observed with the Spitzer Space Telescope (SST) as part of the SINGS Survey. The blue colors represent the 3.6 micrometre emission from stars. The green and red colors represent the 5.8 and 8.0 micrometre emission from polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons.
Observation data (J2000 epoch)
Right ascension 09h 26m 11.5s[1]
Declination −76° 37′ 35″[1]
Redshift 468 ± 3 km/s[1]
Distance 12.3 Mly (3.78 Mpc)[2]
Apparent magnitude (V) 13.3[1]
Type I0[1]
Apparent size (V) 1′.9 × 1′.0[1]
Other designations
PGC 26761[1]
See also: Galaxy, List of galaxies

NGC 2915 is a blue dwarf galaxy located 12 million light-years away in the southern constellation Chamaeleon, right on the edge of the Local Group. The optical galaxy corresponds to the core of a much larger spiral galaxy traced by radio observation of neutral hydrogen[1][permanent dead link].

The galaxy has a short central bar, much like the Milky Way and very extended spiral arms[citation needed].

The reason for the spiral arms and majority of the galaxy's disk to be still neutral hydrogen (as opposed to have formed stars) is not well understood but is thought to be related to the galaxy's isolation, in that it has no nearby satellite galaxies and no nearby major galaxies to force star formation[citation needed].


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "NASA/IPAC Extragalactic Database". Results for NGC 2915. Retrieved 2007-03-19.
  2. ^ I. D. Karachentsev; V. E. Karachentseva; W. K. Huchtmeier; D. I. Markarov (2004). "A Catalog of Neighboring Galaxies". Astronomical Journal. 127 (4): 2031–2068. Bibcode:2004AJ....127.2031K. doi:10.1086/382905.


Coordinates: Sky map 09h 26m 11.5s, −76° 37′ 35″