NGC 2859

Alt. Designations: NGC 2859
Object Type: barred spiral galaxy
Constellation: Leo Minor
Distance: 85 mly
Right Ascension: 09h 24m 18.6s
Declination: +34° 30´ 48"
Visual Magnitude: 10.9
Apparent Dimension: 4.6´ X 4.1´
Best Month To View: Feb

NGC 2859 is a lenticular galaxy that is found in the constellation Leo Minor. A galaxy is a huge mass of dust, dark matter, stars, and other objects. Lenticular galaxies are not as common as either spiral galaxies or elliptical galaxies, and are in fact, a midpoint between spiral and elliptical galaxies, sharing characteristics of both types. NGC 2859 is also considered a barred galaxy, as it has a distinct bar shape. Therefore, the technical term for its type of galaxy is SB0. NGC 2859 is approximately 85 million light-years from Earth.