NGC 1559

NGC 1559

NGC 1559
Observation data (J2000.0 epoch)
Constellation Reticulum
Right ascension 4h 17m 35.8s[1]
Declination −62° 47′ 1″[1]
Redshift 1304 ± 4 km/s[1]
Type SB(s)cd[1]
Apparent dimensions (V) 3′.5 × 2′.0[1]
Apparent magnitude (V) 11[1]
Other designations
PGC 14814[1]
NGC 1559 obtained with the multi-mode FORS1 instrument on ESO's 8.2m VLT. Supernova SN 2005df is visible as the bright star just above the galaxy.

NGC 1559 is a barred spiral galaxy in the constellation Reticulum. It is also a Seyfert galaxy. Although it was originally thought to be a member of the Dorado Group,[2] subsequent observations have shown that it is in fact not a member of any galaxy group or cluster and does not have any nearby companions.[3][4] NGC 1559 has massive spiral arms and strong star formation.[3] It contains a small bar which is oriented nearly east-west and spans 40″.[3] Its bar and disc are the source of very strong radio emissions.[3]

In 2005, a Type 1a supernova, (SN 2005df) was observed. Two other supernovae discovered in NGC 1559 were SN 1984J and SN 1986L. All three were discovered by Australian amateur astronomer Robert Evans.[5]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "NASA/IPAC Extragalactic Database", Results for NGC 4650A, retrieved 2007-04-03 
  2. ^ Huchra, J. P.; Geller, M. J. (June 15, 1982), "Groups of galaxies. I - Nearby groups", Astrophysical Journal 257 (Part 1): 423–437,  
  3. ^ a b c d Beck, R.; Shoutenkov, V.; Ehle, M.; Harnett, J. I.; et al. (August 2002), "Magnetic fields in barred galaxies. I. The atlas", Astronomy and Astrophysics 391 (1): 83–102,  
  4. ^ Maia, M. A. G.; da Costa, L. N.; Latham, David W. (April 1989), "A catalog of southern groups of galaxies", Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series 69: 809–829,  
  5. ^ "Supernova Discoveries by Rev. Robert Evans". Retrieved 11 July 2015.

External links

  • NGC 1559 on WikiSky: DSS2, SDSS, GALEX, IRAS, Hydrogen α, X-Ray, Astrophoto, Sky Map, Articles and images