NGC 1271


NGC 1271 is a compact elliptical or lenticular galaxy[2] located about 250 million light-years away[4] in the constellation Perseus.[5] The galaxy was discovered by astronomer Guillaume Bigourdan on November 14, 1884.[6] NGC 1271 is a member of the Perseus Cluster[7][6] and has a nuclear dust disk in its center.[3] It also has an edge-on, intermediate-scale disk and has a central bulge.[2] Like NGC 1277, NGC 1271 is a candidate "relic galaxy".[8]

NGC 1271
SDSS NGC 1271.jpg
SDSS image of NGC 1271
Observation data (J2000 epoch)
Right ascension03h 19m 11.3s[1]
Declination41° 21′ 12″[1]
Helio radial velocity5751 km/s[1]
Distance249 Mly (76.3 Mpc)[1]
Group or clusterPerseus Cluster
Apparent magnitude (V)15.1[1]
Mass/Light ratio1.35[3] M/L
Size~14,000 ly (4.4 kpc) (estimated)[3]
Apparent size (V)0.567 x 0.306[1]
Other designations
CGCG 540-96, PGC 12367[1]

Supermassive black holeEdit

Using orbital-based stellar dynamical models, Walsh et al. determined that the supermassive black hole in the center of NGC 1271 has a mass of 3.0+1.0
×109 M

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "NASA/IPAC Extragalactic Database". Results for NGC 1271. Retrieved 2018-06-20.
  2. ^ a b c Graham, Alister W.; Ciambur, Bogdan C.; Savorgnan, Giulia A. D. (2016). "Disky Elliptical Galaxies and the Allegedly Over-massive Black Hole in the Compact "ES" Galaxy NGC 1271". The Astrophysical Journal. 831 (2): 132. arXiv:1608.00711. Bibcode:2016ApJ...831..132G. doi:10.3847/0004-637X/831/2/132. ISSN 0004-637X. S2CID 118435675.
  3. ^ a b c d Walsh, Jonelle L.; Bosch, Remco C. E. van den; Gebhardt, Karl; Yildirim, Akin; Gültekin, Kayhan; Husemann, Bernd; Richstone, Douglas O. (2015-08-03). "The Black Hole in the Compact, High-Dispersion Galaxy NGC 1271". The Astrophysical Journal. 808 (2): 183. arXiv:1506.05129. Bibcode:2015ApJ...808..183W. doi:10.1088/0004-637X/808/2/183. ISSN 1538-4357. S2CID 41570998.
  4. ^ "Your NED Search Results". Retrieved 2018-06-23.
  5. ^ "Revised NGC Data for NGC 1271". Retrieved 2018-06-23.
  6. ^ a b "New General Catalog Objects: NGC 1250 - 1299". Retrieved 2018-06-15.
  7. ^ Brunzendorf, J.; Meusinger, H. (October 1, 1999). "The galaxy cluster Abell 426 (Perseus). A catalogue of 660 galaxy positions, isophotal magnitudes and morphological types". Astronomy and Astrophysics Supplement Series. 139 (1): 141–161. Bibcode:1999A&AS..139..141B. doi:10.1051/aas:1999111. ISSN 0365-0138.
  8. ^ Ferré-Mateu, Anna; Mezcua, Mar; Trujillo, Ignacio; Balcells, Marc; Bosch, Remco C. E. van den (2015). "Massive Relic Galaxies Challenge the Co-evolution of Super-massive Black Holes and Their Host Galaxies". The Astrophysical Journal. 808 (1): 79. arXiv:1506.02663. Bibcode:2015ApJ...808...79F. doi:10.1088/0004-637X/808/1/79. ISSN 0004-637X. S2CID 118777377.

External linksEdit

  • NGC 1271 on WikiSky: DSS2, SDSS, GALEX, IRAS, Hydrogen α, X-Ray, Astrophoto, Sky Map, Articles and images

Coordinates:   03h 19m 11.3s, 41° 21′ 12″