NGC 6782

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NGC 6781
NGC 6782HSTfull.jpg
A Hubble Space Telescope (HST) image of NGC 6782.
Observation data (J2000 epoch)
Right ascension19h 23m 57.935s[1]
Declination−59° 55′ 21.04″[1]
Helio radial velocity3,736 km/s[3]
Distance173 Mly (53 Mpc)[3]
Apparent magnitude (V)11.8[4]
Apparent size (V)1′.197 × 0′.814[1] (NIR)
Other designations
LEDA 63168, ESO 142-1, 2MASX J19235793-5955210, NGC 6782, PGC 63168[6]

NGC 6782 is a barred spiral galaxy located in the southern constellation of Pavo, at a distance of approximately 173 megalight-years from the Milky Way.[3] It was discovered on July 12, 1834 by English astronomer John Herschel. John L. E. Dreyer described it as, "considerably faint, considerably small, round, a little brighter middle, 9th magnitude star to south".[7] The morphological classification of NGC 6782 is (R1R′2)SB(r)a, indicating a barred spiral galaxy with a multiple ring system and tightly-wound spiral arms.[5] It is seen nearly face-on,[8] being inclined by an angle of 27.2°±0.2° to the line of sight from the Earth.[5]

At the galactic core is an almost circular nuclear ring at the inner Lindblad resonance. This is attached to the primary bar, which extends out to a somewhat pointy, diamond-shaped inner ring. It is actually a double-barred galaxy, with an interior bar inside the nuclear ring. A pair of faint spiral arms extend out from the inner ring to the outer parts of the galaxy, where it joints a double outer ring system.[5] Both inner rings of the galaxy are undergoing star formation, producing hot OB stars, with little star formation occurring in the remainder.[8]


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  1. ^ a b c Skrutskie, Michael F.; Cutri, Roc M.; Stiening, Rae; Weinberg, Martin D.; Schneider, Stephen E.; Carpenter, John M.; Beichman, Charles A.; Capps, Richard W.; Chester, Thomas; Elias, Jonathan H.; Huchra, John P.; Liebert, James W.; Lonsdale, Carol J.; Monet, David G.; Price, Stephan; Seitzer, Patrick; Jarrett, Thomas H.; Kirkpatrick, J. Davy; Gizis, John E.; Howard, Elizabeth V.; Evans, Tracey E.; Fowler, John W.; Fullmer, Linda; Hurt, Robert L.; Light, Robert M.; Kopan, Eugene L.; Marsh, Kenneth A.; McCallon, Howard L.; Tam, Robert; Van Dyk, Schuyler D.; Wheelock, Sherry L. (1 February 2006). "The Two Micron All Sky Survey (2MASS)". The Astronomical Journal. 131: 1163–1183. doi:10.1086/498708. ISSN 0004-6256.
  2. ^ de Vaucouleurs, G.; et al. (1976). Second Reference Catalog of Bright Galaxies. Austin: University of Texas Press. ISBN 978-0-292-75509-3.
  3. ^ a b c Crook, Aidan C.; et al. (February 2007). "Groups of Galaxies in the Two Micron All Sky Redshift Survey". The Astrophysical Journal. 655 (2): 790–813. arXiv:astro-ph/0610732. Bibcode:2007ApJ...655..790C. doi:10.1086/510201. S2CID 11672751.
  4. ^ "NASA/IPAC Extragalactic Database". Results for NGC 6782. Retrieved 2007-03-30.
  5. ^ a b c d Lin, Lien-Hsuan; et al. (September 2008). "Hydrodynamical Simulations of the Barred Spiral Galaxy NGC 6782". The Astrophysical Journal. 684 (2): 1048–1061. arXiv:0805.3613. Bibcode:2008ApJ...684.1048L. doi:10.1086/590247. S2CID 12620956.
  6. ^ "NGC 6782". SIMBAD. Centre de données astronomiques de Strasbourg. Retrieved 2020-10-06.
  7. ^ Seligman, Courtney. "NGC Objects: NGC 6750 - 6799". Retrieved 2020-10-03.
  8. ^ a b Eskridge, Paul B.; et al. (April 2003). "Ultraviolet-Optical Pixel Maps of Face-on Spiral Galaxies: Clues for Dynamics and Star Formation Histories". The Astrophysical Journal. 586 (2): 923–938. arXiv:astro-ph/0211494. Bibcode:2003ApJ...586..923E. doi:10.1086/367820. S2CID 18725775.

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