Galaxies NGC 470, NGC 474

NGC 470, 474
NGC 470, 474: Galaxies in Pisces; 500 mm Cassegrain f/7.2; SBIG STL11K; 310-70-70-70 min LRGB; Bernese Highlands; © 2015 Radek Chromik


The galaxies NGC 470 and NGC 474 were discovered on December 13, 1784 by the German-British astronomer William Herschel with his self-made 18.7 inch f/12.8 reflecting telescope in Slough, England. On October 8 of the following year, he came across NGC 467. [277] In Halton Arp's 1966 «Atlas of Peculiar Galaxies», the galaxy NGC 474 is listed with Arp 227 as an example of a galaxy with concentric rings. [199]

Physical Properties

The elliptical galaxy NGC 474 has a spectacular system of surrounding shells and tidal currents, which could be traced back to an earlier interaction or merging with another galaxy about two billion years ago. From the galaxy NGC 470, which is only 47 kpc away, cold gas is withdrawn in the outer areas. [446] Distances from NGC 470 and NGC 474 to Earth range from 27 Mpc to 41 Mpc. The galaxy NGC 457 is much further away at 73 Mpc to 78 Mpc. [145]

«Catalogue of Principal Galaxies (PGC)», Paturel et al. 1989 [144]
NameRA [hms]Dec [dms]mTypeDim [']Btot [mag]HRV [km/s]PA [°]
NGC 46701 19 10.4+03 18 03L2.0 x 2.013.15495
NGC 47001 19 45.5+03 24 37S RM2.9 x 1.712.52375155
NGC 47401 20 06.7+03 25 00L RM8.4 x 6.812.3236475

Finder Chart

The galaxy is located in the constellation Pisces. The best time to observe is December to June, when it is highest at night.

Chart NGC 474
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;
199Atlas Of Peculiar Galaxies, Halton Arp; (2020-12-28)
277«Historische Deep-Sky Kataloge» von Dr. Wolfgang Steinicke; (2021-02-17)
446«NGC 474 as viewed with KCWI: diagnosing a shell galaxy» Adebusola B Alabi, Anna Ferré-Mateu, Duncan A Forbes, Aaron J Romanowsky, Jean P Brodie; Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Volume 497, Issue 1, September 2020, Pages 626–631; DOI:10.1093/mnras/staa1992