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NGC 26 (= PGC 732)
Discovered (Sep 14, 1865) by Heinrich d'Arrest
A magnitude 12.9 spiral galaxy (type SA(rs)ab?) in Pegasus (RA 00 10 25.9, Dec +25 49 55)
Historical Identification: Per Dreyer, NGC 26 (= GC 5087, d'Arrest, 1860 RA 00 03 14, NPD 64 56.2) is "very faint, pretty large, round, 2 faint stars to north". The position precesses to RA 00 10 26.9, Dec +25 50 33, about 0.7 arcmin north northeast of the center of the galaxy listed above, near its northern edge, and there are two faint stars just north of it, so the identification is certain.
Physical Information: Based on a recessional velocity of 4590 km/sec (and H0 = 70 km/sec/Mpc), NGC 26 is about 210 to 215 million light years away, in good agreement with redshift-independent distance estimates of 185 to 260 million light years. Given that and its apparent size of about 2.25 by 1.25 arcmin (from the images below, including the faint extension of the western spiral arm), it is about 140 thousand light years across.
SDSS image of region near spiral galaxy NGC 26
Above, a 12 arcmin wide SDSS image centered on NGC 26
Below, a 2.5 arcmin wide SDSS image of the galaxy
SDSS image of spiral galaxy NGC 26

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