Hubble Legacy Archive image of NGC 383
|Observation data (J2000 epoch)|
|Right ascension||01h 07m 24.959s|
|Declination||+32° 24′ 45.21″|
|Apparent magnitude (V)||13.4|
|Apparent size (V)||2.34´X1.95´|
|3C 31, NGC 383, UGC 689, LEDA 3982, 4C 32.05, QSO B0104+321|
NGC 383 is a double radio galaxy with a quasar-like appearance located in the constellation Pisces. It is listed in Halton C. Arp's 1966 "The Arp Atlas of Peculiar Galaxies." Recent discoveries by the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in 2006 reveal that NGC 383 is being bisected by high energy relativistic electrons traveling at relatively high fractions of the speed of light. These relativistic electrons are detected as synchrotron radiation in the x-ray and radio wavelengths. The focus of this intense energy is the galactic center of NGC 383. The relativistic electron jets detected as synchrotron radiation extend for several thousand parsecs and then appear to dissipate at the ends in the form of streamers or filaments.
There are four other nearby galaxies NGC 379, NGC 380, NGC 385, and NGC 384 which are suspected of being closely associated with NGC 383, as well as several other galaxies at relatively close distance.