NGC 2655

Alt. Designations: ARP 225
Object Type: barred spiral galaxy
Constellation: Camelopardalis
Distance: 71 mly
Right Ascension: 08h 55m 37.7s
Declination: +78° 13´ 25"
Visual Magnitude: 10.1
Apparent Dimension: 4.9´ X 4.1´
Best Month To View: Dec

With a magnitude of 10.9 and only 4.9 arc minutes wide, the spiral galaxy NGC 2655 does not appear as large and bright as NGC 2403, but it is still visible - just barely - in large binoculars on a dark night. In small telescopes it is characterized by a bright central core, surrounded by a soft, indistinct halo. Larger telescopes reveal faint wispy spiral arms. The galaxy is 220,000 light years in diameter, and 71 million light years away.