NGC 908

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NGC 908
NGC 908 by the Very Large Telescope of ESO.
Observation data (J2000 epoch)
Right ascension 02h 23m 04.6s[1]
Declination−21° 14′ 02″[1]
Redshift1509 ± 5 km/s[1]
Distance56.0 ± 5.7 Mly (17.2 ± 1.8 Mpc)[1]
Apparent magnitude (V)10.4
TypeSA(s)c [1]
Apparent size (V)6′.0 × 2′.6[1]
Other designations
UGCA 27, PGC 9057[1]

NGC 908 is an unbarred spiral galaxy in the constellation Cetus. It is at a distance of 60 million light years away from Earth. NGC 908 has vigorous star formation and is a starburst galaxy. The galaxy has three-arm spiral pattern, with two arms with peculiar morphology. The central bulge of the galaxy is bright. Cluster of young stars and star forming knots can be seen in the arms. Starburst activity and the peculiar morphology of the galaxy indicated it has a close encounter with another galaxy, although none is visible now.[2] NGC 908 was discovered in 1786 by William Herschel. Two supernovae have been observed in NGC 908, SN 1994ai (Ic type, mag. 17) and SN 2006ce (Ia type, mag. 12.4).[3] It is the main galaxy in the NGC 908 group, which also includes NGC 899, NGC 907 and IC 223.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "NASA/IPAC Extragalactic Database". Results for NGC 908. Retrieved 2006-11-18.
  2. ^ The Starburst Galaxy NGC 908 ESO, 26 July 2006
  3. ^ List of Supernovae IAU Central Bureau for Astronomical Telegrams. Retrieved 29 December 2015.
  4. ^ Dmitry Makarov and Igor Karachentsev (2011). "Galaxy groups and clouds in the local (z∼ 0.01) Universe". MNRAS. 412 (4): 2498–2520. arXiv:1011.6277. Bibcode:2011MNRAS.412.2498M. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2966.2010.18071.x. Retrieved 1 January 2016.

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