Astronomy:NGC 6215

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Galaxy in the constellation Ara
NGC 6215
Observation data (J2000 epoch)
Right ascension 16h 51m 06.811s[1]
Declination−58° 59′ 36.46″[1]
Helio radial velocity1552 km/s[1]
Apparent magnitude (V)11.2[2]
Size46,000 light years
Apparent size (V)2.10′ x 1.80′[2]
Other designations
ESO 137-46, PGC 59112, h 3647, GC 4235, IRAS 16467-5854[2]

NGC 6215 (also known as PGC 59112) is a spiral galaxy located in the constellation Ara. It is designated as SA(s)c in the galaxy morphological classification scheme. It was discovered by astronomer John Herschel on 9 July 1836.[1][2][3]

Galaxy group information

NGC 6215 is part of galaxy group NGC 6221/15, which includes barred spiral galaxy NGC 6221 and three dwarf galaxies. A double-stranded bridge of neutral hydrogen gas connects NGC 6215 and 6221 as a result of their interaction, and Dwarf 3 of the three dwarf galaxies may have formed from the bridging gas.[4]

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Coordinates: Sky map 16h 51m 06.8s, +-58° 59′ 36.46″