NGC 5078

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NGC 5078
NGC 5078 PanS.jpg
Pan-STARRS image of NGC 5078
Observation data (J2000 epoch)
Right ascension13h 19m 50.0s[1]
Declination−27° 24′ 36″[1]
Redshift2168 ± 6 km/s[1]
Distance94 Mly[2]
Apparent magnitude (V)+11.8[1]
Apparent size (V)4′.0 × 1′.9[1]
Other designations
PGC 46490[1]

NGC 5078 is a spiral galaxy in the Hydra constellation, approximately 94 million light-years away from Earth.[2] It has a diameter of 127,000 light-years and is probably a member of the NGC 5061 group.[3] The dust lane of NGC 5078 is warped, probably by interaction with the nearby galaxy IC 879, which is itself distorted into an 'S' shape by the interaction.[4] At the presumed distance the two galaxies would have a minimal separation of about 61,000 light-years.[3] For comparison, the Large Magellanic Cloud is about 160,000 light-years from the Milky Way.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "NASA/IPAC Extragalactic Database". Results for NGC 5078. Retrieved 2006-11-18.
  2. ^ a b "Best of AOP - Galaxies: NGC 5078". Advanced Observing Program. NOAO. Archived from the original on 24 May 2015. Retrieved 3 July 2015.
  3. ^ a b Bratton, Mark (2011). The Complete Guide to the Herschel Objects: Sir William Herschel's Star Clusters, Nebulae and Galaxies. Cambridge University Press. p. 278. ISBN 978-0521768924.
  4. ^ "NGC 5078 and its distorted companion IC 879". Australian Astronomical Observatory. Archived from the original on 1 April 2015. Retrieved 3 July 2015.

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