Using the Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers have photographed the central region of NGC 247 - a spiral galaxy located approximately 11 million light-years from Earth in the direction of the southern constellation of Cetus. NGC 247 is one of the man galaxies that form the Sculptor Group
- a group of galaxies associated with the Sculptor galaxy NGC 253.
It is a barred spiral and the brightest member of the Sculptor group
of galaxies: the nearest group to our own Local Group.
NGC 253 is the most luminous galaxy in the Sculptor Group
NGC 247 is part of the Sculptor Group
, the nearest collection of galaxies to the Local Group, which includes our own Milky Way.
Less than a month after that discovery a possible SN was found in NGC 300, another nearby galaxy and also a member of the Sculptor Group
. The object remained rather faint and spectral data were different from that of any type SN.
The nearest galaxy group beyond the Local Group is the Sculptor Group
. Five of its members are shown in the chart above.
The 7.2-magnitude Silver Coin Galaxy, NGC 253, is the brightest member of the Sculptor Group
, a small cluster of galaxies lying just beyond our Local Group at a distance of roughly 10 million light-years.
They are part of the second nearest galaxy group (10 million light years distant), after the Sculptor group
of galaxies which is around 8 million light years away.
Discovered by James Dunlop in August 1826, NGC 300 (also known as Caldwell 70) is a member of the Sculptor Group
of galaxies and lies a little more than 6 million light-years away.
NGC 247 is about 7 million light-years away and a member of the Sculptor Group
of galaxies, which vies with the Maffei I Group for the title of nearest aggregation to our own Local Group.
Situated 3[degrees] south-southeast of Deneb Kaitos, Beta ([beta])Ceti, this 9th-magnitude dwarf spiral is a member of the nearby Sculptor Group
There's no such grand equivalent near Sculptor, but there is a smaller, closer collection of galaxies known as the Sculptor Group
. The brightest of its dozen or so members are NGC 253, NGC 300, and NGC 55.