NGC 5676

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NGC 5676
Observation data (J2000 epoch)
Constellation Boötes[1]
Right ascension 14h 32m 46.8s[2]
Declination +49° 27′ 28″[2]
Redshift 2114 ± 5 km/s[2]
Distance 100 Mly
(30.8 Mpc)
Apparent magnitude (V) 12.3[2]
Type SA(rs)bc[2]
Apparent size (V) 4′.0 × 1′.1 [2]
Notable features Paired with NGC 5660.
Other designations
UGC 9366,[2] PGC 51978,[2] MCG+08-26-043, H I-189, h 1842, GC 3935, CGCG 247.042, CGCG 248.003, KUG 1431+496, LGG 384-005
See also: Galaxy, List of galaxies

NGC 5676 is an unbarred spiral galaxy in the constellation Boötes.


This spiral galaxy is notably asymmetric. The spiral arms on the south side of the galaxy are chaotic in appearance, whereas the spiral arms on the north side of the galaxy are very well-defined. Also, the spiral arms on the south side of the disk extend twice as far from the galaxy's nucleus as the spiral arms on the north side.[3] Because of the fragmentary appearance of some of the spiral arms, this galaxy is classified as a flocculent galaxy.[4]

Star formation[edit]

The north part of the disk also contains what appears to be a very intense region of star formation.[5] Unusually, the star formation within this region appears to be more intense than the star formation in the galaxy's nucleus,[5] and it is the brightest infrared source within the disk.[6]


  1. ^ R. W. Sinnott, ed. (1988). The Complete New General Catalogue and Index Catalogue of Nebulae and Star Clusters by J. L. E. Dreyer. Sky Publishing Corporation and Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-933346-51-4.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "NASA/IPAC Extragalactic Database". Results for NGC 5676. Retrieved 2007-07-13.
  3. ^ A. Sandage; J. Bedke (1994). Carnegie Atlas of Galaxies. Washington, D.C.: Carnegie Institution of Washington. ISBN 0-87279-667-1.
  4. ^ D. M. Elmegreen; B. G. Elmegreen (1987). "Arm classifications for spiral galaxies". Astrophysical Journal. 314: 3–9. Bibcode:1987ApJ...314....3E. doi:10.1086/165034.
  5. ^ a b G. J. Bendo; R. D. Joseph (2004). "Nuclear Stellar Populations in the Infrared Space Observatory Atlas of Bright Spiral Galaxies". Astronomical Journal. 127 (6): 3338–3360. arXiv:astro-ph/0403133. Bibcode:2004AJ....127.3338B. doi:10.1086/420712.
  6. ^ G. J. Bendo; R. D. Joseph; M. Wells; P. Gallais; et al. (2002). "An Infrared Space Observatory Atlas of Bright Spiral Galaxies". Astronomical Journal. 123 (6): 3067–3107. Bibcode:2002AJ....123.3067B. doi:10.1086/340083.

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Database references
Simbad data

Coordinates: Sky map 14h 32m 46.8s, +49° 27′ 28″