NGC 6822

Irregular Galaxy NGC 6822, type Ir+, in Sagittarius

Barnard's Galaxy

[NGC 6822, AAT]
Right Ascension 19 : 44.9 (h:m)
Declination -14 : 46 (deg:m)
Distance 1800.0 (kly)
Visual Brightness 9.3 (mag)
Apparent Dimension 16 (arc min)

Discovered by E.E. Barnard in 1884.

NGC 6822 was discovered by E.E. Barnard on August 17, 1884 with a 6-inch refractor (Barnard 1884). This is an irregular member galaxy of the Local Group, as was recognized by Hubble and Humason in the 1920s. It was the third galaxy beyond the Magellanic clouds where Cepheid variables have been found, after M31 and M33 (Hubble 1925).

The image in this page was obtained by David Malin with the Anglo-Australian Telescope. This image is copyrighted and may be used for private purpose only. For any other kind of use, including internet mirroring and storing on CD-ROM, please contact the Photo Permissions Department (photo at of the Australian Astronomical Observatory.

  • More information on this image (by David Malin)

    This galaxy contains a conspicuous nebula, nicknamed the Bubble Nebula, which has also been photographed by David Malin with the AAT.

    NGC 6822 is included as No. 57 in Patrick Moore's Caldwell Catalogue and in the RASC's Deep Sky Challenge Objects list.

  • NED data of NGC 6822
  • SIMBAD Data of NGC 6822
  • Publications on NGC 6822 (NASA ADS)
  • Observing Reports for NGC 6822 (IAAC Netastrocatalog)
  • NGC Online data for NGC 6822


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