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IC 1613, Caldwell 51 Facts

IC 1613, Caldwell 51 Facts Irregular Dwarf Galaxy in Cetus

IC 1613, Caldwell 51 is an irregular dwarf galaxy object of interest in space. It lies at a distance of about 2,380,000.00 light years away in the constellation of Cetus.

It is also referred to as IC1613 which is short for Index Catalogue number 1613. The Index Catalogue is an update to the earlier NGC catalogue. IC 1613, Caldwell 51 was discovered in 1906 by Max Wolf.

The Irregular Dwarf Galaxy's location is 1h 4m 47.8 (R.A.) and +2d 07` 04 (Dec.). Its Visual (Apparent) Brightness is 10.00 Magnitude . The object can not be seen by the naked eye from Earth, you need a telescope to see it.

It is referred to as an irregular dwarf galaxy as it has very little shape compared to other more structured elliptical and spiral. The reason for the irregular is believed to be because of gravitational forces of other galaxies nearby. Helix

The galaxy is a member of the local group of galaxies and it polayed a big role in estimating the distances to nearby distances. Along with the two Magellanic Clouds, it is the only other local galaxy where RR Lyrae type stars have been observed. RR Lyrae's are pulsating type variable stars. In addition to RR Lyrae, a Wolf-Rayet star has also been detected inside the galaxy.

Travel Time to IC 1613, Caldwell 51

The time it will take to travel to this star is dependent on how fast you are going. U.G. has done some calculations as to how long it will take going at differing speeds. A note about the calculations, when I'm talking about years, I'm talking non-leap years only (365 days).

The New Horizons space probe is the fastest probe that we've sent into space at the time of writing. Its primary mission was to visit Pluto which at the time of launch (2006), Pluto was still a planet.

DescriptionSpeed (m.p.h.)Time (years)
Airbus A3807362,168,570,077,472.83
Speed of Sound (Mach 1)767.2692,080,192,966,247.82
Concorde (Mach 2)1,534.541,040,095,127,543.11
New Horizons Probe33,00048,365,684,152.12
Speed of Light670,616,629.002,380,000.00

Fact File

NameIC 1613, Caldwell 51
TypeIrregular Dwarf Galaxy
Index Catalogue IdIC1613
Right Ascension1h 4m 47.8
Declination+2d 07` 04
Distance (Lt.Yr)2,380,000
Visual / Apparent Magnitude10.00
Naked Eye VisibleRequires a 7x50 Binoculars - Magnitudes
Year of Discovery1906
DiscovererMax Wolf

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