NGC 1350

Alt. Designations: NGC 1350
Object Type: barred spiral galaxy
Constellation: Fornax
Distance: 73.5 mly
Right Ascension: 03h 31m 07.9s
Declination: -33° 37´ 38"
Visual Magnitude: 10.4
Apparent Dimension: 5.9´ X 3.1´
Best Month To View: Nov

NGC 1350 is a beautiful spiral galaxy located 74 million light years away in the southern constellation Fornax (the Furnace). It measures roughly 130,000 light years across: slightly larger than our own galaxy, the Milky Way. It is classified as a Sa(r) galaxy, meaning that it is a spiral with arms wound tightly enough to form a prominent central ring. The faint outer ring (called a "pseudo-ring") is sometimes added to the beginning of the classification with the designation "R'1." NGC 1350 is seen on the outskirts of the Fornax cluster of galaxies, but its estimated distance suggests that it is not a member.