NGC 1569

Irregular Galaxy NGC 1569, type Irp+ III-IV:, in Camelopardalis

[NGC 1569, HST]

04 : 30.8
+64 : 51
Irp+ III-IV:
+ 87 km/s
7500 kly ::
Apparent Dimension:
2.9 x 1.5 arc min
11.2 mag vis
Abs. Mag:
Discovered by William Herschel on November 4, 1788 (H II.768).

NGC 1569 is a galaxy which is probably situated close to the Local Group, and has been considered as a member galaxy by Arp (1986), together with its neighbor in the sky, NGC 1560. Today, however, most authors take them as neighboring non-members (e.g., van den Bergh 1994). Kraan-Korteweg and Tammann (1979) suggest they might be members of the Maffei 1 - IC 342 group. As both galaxies lie approximately in the direction of the neighboring Maffei 1 and the M81 groups, their role in the Local - Maffei 1 Group dynamics might be interesting.

Local Group candidate UGCA 92 is a close neighbor of this galaxy, which may indicate a physical relationship of some kind.

The image in this page was obtained by the Hubble Space Telescope's WFPC2 camera, and processed by Mischa Schirmer; I grabbed it from the mailing list astro at It was composed from two blue, five green and two red as well as 4 near-IR exposures.

  • Central region of NGC 1569 with two giant globular clusters (also HST/WFPC2, processed by Mischa Schirmer)

  • HST images of NGC 1569 (STScI PR 2008-38 of November 20, 2008)
  • Some Fabri-Perot images of NGC 1569 - from The Electronic Universe Project, Greg Bothun, Univ. of Oregon
  • Deidre A. Hunter's investigations of NGC 1569 with the Hubble Space Telescope
  • Chandra X-ray Observatory investigations of NGC 1569 (July 23, 2002) - featured as Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD) July 25, 2002


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