NGC 6703

Alt. Designations: NGC 6703
Object Type: elliptic galaxy
Constellation: Lyra
Distance: 106 mly
Right Ascension: 18h 47m 18.9s
Declination: +45° 33´ 03"
Visual Magnitude: 11.3
Apparent Dimension: 2.7´ X 2.5´
Best Month To View: Jun

This small, round Spiral Galaxy has a fairly bright core. No sign of the spiral arms can be found even in photos. Why is this called a spiral galaxy then? Actually, Burnham's which is based on older data, lists NGC6703 as an E0/S0 galaxy. Essentially a cross between an elliptical and a spiral. Recent data suggests that this is simply an S0 - a spiral without arms.