IC 1613, Caldwell 51 is an irregular dwarf galaxy object of interest in space. It lies at a distance of 2.38 MLy light years away in the constellation of Cetus.
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.). . The object can not be seen by the naked eye, 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.
|Name||IC 1613, Caldwell 51|
|Type||Irregular Dwarf Galaxy|
|Right Ascension||1h 4m 47.8|
|Declination||+2d 07` 04|
|Distance (Lt.Yr)||2.38 MLy|
|Naked Eye Visible||Requires a 7x50 Binoculars - Magnitudes|
|Year of Discovery||1906|
There's no register feature and no need to give an email address if you don't need to. All messages will be reviewed before being displayed. Comments may be merged or altered slightly such as if an email address is given in the main body of the comment.