NGC 7217

Alt. Designations: NGC 7217
Object Type: spiral galaxy
Constellation: Pegasus
Distance: 50 mly
Right Ascension: 22h 07m 52.1s
Declination: +31° 21´ 34"
Visual Magnitude: 10.2
Apparent Dimension: 4.0´ X 3.4´
Best Month To View: Aug

This galaxy has very tight spiral "structure"- however, no one feature extends long enough to be a spiral arm. This galaxy sports a curious ring of dust (dark circle) that surrounds the nucleus. It is estimated that this galaxy is around 41 million light years away. Note the very subtle difference in color between the inner yellowish region and outer bluish arms. This galaxy is not unlike NGC 2841 and NGC 488.