NGC 6946

Alt. Designations: ARP 29
Object Type: barred spiral galaxy
Constellation: Cygnus
Distance: 22.5 mly
Right Ascension: 20h 34m 52.1s
Declination: +60° 09´ 12"
Visual Magnitude: 9
Apparent Dimension: 11.5´ X 9.8´
Best Month To View: Jul

NGC 6946 is an intermediate spiral galaxy about 22 million light-years away, on the border between the constellations Cepheus and Cygnus. It was discovered by William Herschel on September 9, 1798. NGC 6946 is highly obscured by interstellar matter of the Milky Way galaxy, as it is quite close to the galactic plane. Nine supernovae (SN 1917A, SN 1939C, SN 1948B, SN 1968D, SN 1969P, SN 1980K, SN 2002hh, SN 2004et, and SN 2008S) have been observed in NGC 6946.