NGC 488

Alt. Designations: NGC 488
Object Type: spiral galaxy
Constellation: Pisces
Distance: 90 mly
Right Ascension: 01h 21m 46.6s
Declination: +05° 15´ 21"
Visual Magnitude: 10.4
Apparent Dimension: 5.4´ X 3.9´
Best Month To View: Oct

90 million light years away lies this nearly perfect spiral galaxy. Rings upon rings of star formation are taking place in the tightly wound bluish arms. Astronomers have measured an excess of energy in the bulge of the galaxy, likely due to the infall and assimilation of smaller galaxies. Within our own galaxy, we orbit the center at a speed of 220 Kilometers per second. Stars in NGC 488 complete circular orbits at a speed of 330 Kilometers per second. Instead of the motion of the stars, the bluish arms are formed by waves of star formation.