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NGC 3256 Facts

NGC 3256 is a peculiar galaxy object of interest in space. It lies at a distance of about 100,000,000.00 light years away in the constellation of Vela.

It is also referred to as NGC(3256) in the New General Catalogue. This is a list of deep space objects that was compiled by John Louis Emil Dreyer in 1888 in an update to John Herschel earlier catalogue.

The Peculiar Galaxy's location is 10:27:51.3 (R.A.) and -43:54:13 (Dec.). Its Visual (Apparent) Brightness is 11.00 Magnitude . The object can not be seen by the naked eye from Earth, you need a telescope to see it.

Travel Time to NGC 3256

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)
Walking416,765,415,725,000,000.00
Car120558,847,190,833,333.33
Airbus A38073691,116,389,809,782.61
Speed of Sound (Mach 1)767.26987,403,065,808,732.01
Concorde (Mach 2)1,534.5443,701,475,947,189.39
New Horizons Probe33,0002,032,171,603,030.30
Speed of Light670,616,629.00100,000,000.00

Fact File


NameNGC 3256
TypePeculiar Galaxy
NGC Id3256
ConstellationVela
Right Ascension10:27:51.3
Declination-43:54:13
Distance (Lt.Yr)100,000,000
Visual / Apparent Magnitude11.00
Naked Eye VisibleRequires a 4.5 - 6 Inch Telescope - Magnitudes


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