This galaxy was discovered by E.E. Barnard in 1884 with a 5-inch refractor. E.P. Hubble (1925) proved its nature as nearby galaxy; this was the third object beyond the Magellanic Clouds in which Cepheid variables were found.
The distance adopted here is adopted from both Mateo (1999) and van den Bergh (2000), adjusted for the scale used here.
Our image of NGC 6822 was obtained by David Malin and is copyrighted © Australian Astronomical Observatory.
Image of NGC 6822, as observed with the CTIO Blanco 4-m telescope and Mosaic II camera as part of the NOAO-sponsored Local Group Survey headed by Philip Massey of Lowell Observatory. The image is a true-color combination of images in three of the filters used by the survey.
Last Modification: June 22, 2012