IC 5332, a faint, face-on spiral galaxy
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IC 5332
Top left is NE. Image width is about 7 arc min
Image and text © 1999-2002, Australian Astronomical Observatory, Photograph by S. Lee, C. Tinney and D. Malin.

This delicate spiral galaxy has no distinguishing features or apparent intrinsic interest except that it is unusually faint and beautifully symmetrical. It also has a very small central bulge. This, and its open spiral arms account for its classification (Sc).

The galaxy is in the direction of the south celestial pole (which is why there are so few foreground stars) and of the nearby Sculptor group. Unaccountably, it was once considered a member of the group, but, unlike the major members of the Sculptor group it there is no sign of resolution of stars in the numerous star clumps in its delicate spiral arms. Also, its velocity of recession (about 700 km per second) is a good deal higher than the average for the Sculptor cluster of galaxies. In the background are seen some of the brighter members of an even more distant cluster of galaxies.

Entry from NGC 2000.0 (R.W. Sinnott, Ed.) © Sky Publishing Corporation, 1988:
IC 5332   Gx 23 34.5  -36 06 s  Scl6.6  10.6  eeF, vL, bet 2 st, D* p 45s 
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