NGC 891

Alt. Designations: NGC 891
Object Type: spiral galaxy
Constellation: Andromeda
Distance: 32.3 mly
Right Ascension: 02h 22m 33.0s
Declination: +42° 20´ 50"
Visual Magnitude: 10.1
Apparent Dimension: 11.7´ X 1.6´
Best Month To View: Oct

NGC 891 is an edge-on unbarred spiral galaxy about 30 million light-years away in the constellation Andromeda. It was discovered by William Herschel on October 6 1784. The galaxy is a member of the NGC 1023 group of galaxies in the Local Supercluster. It has an H II nucleus. The object is visible in small to moderate size telescopes as a faint elongated smear of light with a dust lane visible in larger apertures.