Galaxy NGC 2859

Object Description

NGC 2859
NGC 2859: Galaxy in Leo Minor; 500 mm Cassegrain 3625 mm f/7.2; SBIG STL11K; 230-40-40-40 min LRGB; Bernese Highlands; © 2014 Radek Chromik

The galaxy NGC 2859 was discovered on March 28, 1786 by the German-British astronomer William Herschel with his self-made 18.7 inch f/12.8 reflecting telescope in Bath, England. He listed it under the designation I 137. [196, 277, 313] He classified his discoveries according to purely visual impressions, where I stands for bright nebulae. [269] The distance of this galaxy is given as 21 to 27 Mpc. [145]

«Catalogue of Principal Galaxies (PGC)», Paturel et al. 1989 [144]
DesignationsPGC 26649: NGC 2859, UGC 5001, MCG 6-21-30, CGCG 181-40
Right Ascension (J2000.0)09h 24m 18.9s
Declination (J2000.0)+34° 30' 46"
Morphological TypeLBR
Dimensions4.0' x 3.6'
Visual Magnitude11.8 mag
Radial Velocity (HRV)1682 km/s
Position Angle85°

Finder Chart

The galaxy NGC 2859 is located in the constellation Leo Minor. The best viewing time is October to June.

Chart NGC 2859
Chart created using SkySafari 6 Pro and STScI Digitized Sky Survey. [149, 160]


144Catalogue of Principal Galaxies (PGC); Paturel G., Fouque P., Bottinelli L., Gouguenheim L.; Astron. Astrophys. Suppl. Ser. 80, 299 (1989); (2021-02-18)
145SIMBAD astronomical database;
149SkySafari 6 Pro, Simulation Curriculum;
160The STScI Digitized Sky Survey;
196Celestial Atlas by Curtney Seligman; (2020-12-28)
269William Herschel's catalog of Deep Sky objects; (2021-12-27)
277«Historische Deep-Sky Kataloge» von Dr. Wolfgang Steinicke; (2021-02-17)
313«A New General Catalogue of Nebulae and Clusters of Stars, being the Catalogue of the late Sir John F.W. Herschel, Bart., revised, corrected, and enlarged» Dreyer, J. L. E. (1888); Memoirs of the Royal Astronomical Society. 49: 1–237; Bibcode:1888MmRAS..49....1D