NGC 6217 Latitude and Longitude:

Sky map 16h 32m 39.217s, ++78° 11′ 53.56″
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NGC 6217
NGC 6217 hs-2009-25-bc-full.jpg
NGC 6217 photographed by the Hubble Space Telescope
Observation data (J2000 epoch)
Constellation Ursa Minor
Right ascension16h 32m 39.217s [1]
Declination+78° 11′ 53.56″ [1]
Redshift0.004543 ± 0.000013 [2]
Helio radial velocity1,368 [3]  km/s
Distance67.2  Mly (20.6  Mpc) [3]
Apparent magnitude (V)11.2 [4]
Type(R)SB(rs)bc [5]
Apparent size (V)55,000 light years
Other designations
ARP 185, UGC 10470 [2] [6]

NGC 6217 is a barred spiral galaxy located some 67 million light years away, [3] in the constellation Ursa Minor. It can be located with a 10 cm (4 in) or larger telescope as an 11th magnitude object about 2.5° east-northeast of the star Zeta Ursae Minoris. [4] The galaxy is inclined by an angle of 33° to the line of sight along a position angle of 162°. [3]

A morphological classification of (R')SB(rs)bc [5] indicates that NGC 6217 has a false outer ring-like structure formed from the spiral arms (R'), a well-defined bar running across the nucleus (SB), a partial inner ring (rs), and moderately-wound spiral arms (bc). [7] The nucleus is spherical in shape, showing no indication of oblateness. [5] The prominent bar spans an angular distance of 48″ (48 arc seconds) across the galaxy along a position angle of 35.97° ± 0.35°. At 10″ southeast of the nucleus is a prominent region of star formation. The inner ring is about 43″.5 across. [8]

NGC 6217 has been characterized as a starburst galaxy, which means it is undergoing a high rate of star formation compared to a typical galaxy. As a result, the spectrum is dominated by stellar photoionization from young, hot stars. [9] This component is less than 10 million years old, producing a blue-hued spectral continuum with absorption weak lines from elements other than hydrogen and helium. [6] At the core of the galaxy is a low-luminosity active galactic nucleus which has formed an H II region. [10]

One supernova has been observed in NGC 6217: SN 2018gj (Type II, mag 14.4). [11]



  1. ^ a b Skrutskie, Michael F.; Cutri, Roc M.; Stiening, Rae; Weinberg, Martin D.; Schneider, Stephen E.; Carpenter, John M.; Beichman, Charles A.; Capps, Richard W.; Chester, Thomas; Elias, Jonathan H.; Huchra, John P.; Liebert, James W.; Lonsdale, Carol J.; Monet, David G.; Price, Stephan; Seitzer, Patrick; Jarrett, Thomas H.; Kirkpatrick, J. Davy; Gizis, John E.; Howard, Elizabeth V.; Evans, Tracey E.; Fowler, John W.; Fullmer, Linda; Hurt, Robert L.; Light, Robert M.; Kopan, Eugene L.; Marsh, Kenneth A.; McCallon, Howard L.; Tam, Robert; Van Dyk, Schuyler D.; Wheelock, Sherry L. (1 February 2006). "The Two Micron All Sky Survey (2MASS)". The Astronomical Journal. 131 (2): 1163–1183. Bibcode: 2006AJ....131.1163S. doi: 10.1086/498708. ISSN  0004-6256. S2CID  18913331.
  2. ^ a b "NGC 6216", NASA/IPAC Extragalactic Database, retrieved 2013-06-20.
  3. ^ a b c d Gusev, A. S.; et al. (August 2012), "Oxygen and nitrogen abundances of H II regions in six spiral galaxies", Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 424 (3): 1930–1940, arXiv: 1205.3910, Bibcode: 2012MNRAS.424.1930G, doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2966.2012.21322.x, S2CID  118437910.
  4. ^ a b O'Meara, Stephen James (2007), Steve O'Meara's Herschel 400 Observing Guide, Cambridge University Press, p. 227, ISBN  978-0521858939.
  5. ^ a b c Ann, Hong Bae (December 2003), "CCD Surface Photometry of Spiral Galaxies: Bulge Morphology", Journal of the Korean Astronomical Society, 36 (4): 261–270, Bibcode: 2003JKAS...36..261A, doi: 10.5303/jkas.2003.36.4.261.
  6. ^ a b Cid Fernandes, Roberto; González Delgado, Rosa M.; Schmitt, Henrique; Storchi-Bergmann, Thaisa; Martins, Lucimara P.; Pérez, Enrique; Heckman, Timothy; Leitherer, Claus; Schaerer, Daniel (April 2004), "The Stellar Populations of Low-Luminosity Active Galactic Nuclei. I. Ground-based Observations", Astrophysical Journal, 605 (1): 105–126, arXiv: astro-ph/0401416, Bibcode: 2004ApJ...605..105C, doi: 10.1086/382217, S2CID  119101213.
  7. ^ Buta, Ronald J.; et al. (2007), Atlas of Galaxies, Cambridge University Press, pp. 13–17, ISBN  978-0521820486.
  8. ^ Cabrera-Lavers, A.; Garzón, F. (March 2004), "An Optical Study of a Sample of Spiral Galaxies", The Astronomical Journal, 127 (3): 1386–1404, Bibcode: 2004AJ....127.1386C, doi: 10.1086/381924.
  9. ^ Elfhag, T.; et al. (February 1996), "A CO survey of galaxies with the SEST and the 20-m Onsala telescope", Astronomy and Astrophysics Supplement, 115: 439–468, Bibcode: 1996A&AS..115..439E.
  10. ^ Véron-Cetty, M.-P.; Véron, P. (July 2010), "A catalogue of quasars and active nuclei", Astronomy and Astrophysics (13th ed.), 518: A10, Bibcode: 2010A&A...518A..10V, doi: 10.1051/0004-6361/201014188.
  11. ^ Transient Name Server entry for SN 2018gj. Retrieved 5 January 2023.

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