NGC 5806

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Coordinates: Sky map 15h 00m 00.40s, +1° 53′ 27″

NGC 5806
NGC 5806 Hubble WikiSky.jpg
NGC 5806, as observed by the Hubble Space Telescope (HST).
Observation data (J2000 epoch)
Right ascension 15h 00m 00.40s[2]
Declination+1° 53′ 27″[1]
Distance69.76 million lightyears[1]
Apparent magnitude (V)11.7[1]
See also: Galaxy, List of galaxies

NGC 5806 is a barred spiral galaxy in the constellation Virgo.[2][1]

Supernova imposter[edit]

NGC 5806 contains a star that was catalogued as a supernova (SN Hunt 248), but turned out to be a supernova imposter. The progenitor was detected as a cool hypergiant with an absolute visual magnitude of −9 and 400,000 times more luminous than the sun. The eruption saw it increase in luminosity to around 80,000,000 L.[3]


Supernova SN 2004dg in NGC 5806

NGC 5806 has also hosted several true supernova. SN 2004dg, around 100 times brighter than SN Hunt 248 was a typical type II supernova. The progenitor has not been detected and is expected to have been a relatively low mass, low luminosity, red supergiant.[4] PTF12os in 2012 was a type IIb supernova that occurred in 2012, and iPTF13bvn was a type Ib supernova that exploded in 2013.[5]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "NGC 5806". Retrieved December 8, 2011.
  2. ^ a b "Galaxy NGC 5806". Retrieved December 8, 2011.
  3. ^ Mauerhan, Jon C.; Van Dyk, Schuyler D.; Graham, Melissa L.; Zheng, Weikang; Clubb, Kelsey I.; Filippenko, Alexei V.; Valenti, Stefano; Brown, Peter; Smith, Nathan; Howell, D. Andrew; Arcavi, Iair (2015). "SN Hunt 248: A super-Eddington outburst from a massive cool hypergiant". Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. 447 (2): 1922. arXiv:1407.4681. Bibcode:2015MNRAS.447.1922M. doi:10.1093/mnras/stu2541.
  4. ^ Smartt, S. J.; Eldridge, J. J.; Crockett, R. M.; Maund, J. R. (2009). "The death of massive stars - I. Observational constraints on the progenitors of Type II-P supernovae". Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. 395 (3): 1409. arXiv:0809.0403. Bibcode:2009MNRAS.395.1409S. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2966.2009.14506.x.
  5. ^ Fremling, C.; Sollerman, J.; Taddia, F.; Ergon, M.; Fraser, M.; Karamehmetoglu, E.; Valenti, S.; Jerkstrand, A.; Arcavi, I.; Bufano, F.; Elias Rosa, N.; Filippenko, A. V.; Fox, D.; Gal-Yam, A.; Howell, D. A.; Kotak, R.; Mazzali, P.; Milisavljevic, D.; Nugent, P. E.; Nyholm, A.; Pian, E.; Smartt, S. (2016). "PTF12os and iPTF13bvn". Astronomy & Astrophysics. 593: A68. doi:10.1051/0004-6361/201628275.

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