Object name: NGC2661
Designation(s): NGC2661, NGC2664,
NGC 2661 is a face on spiral galaxy about 1.5 degrees northwest of far the more famous open cluster M67. It's 200 million light-year distance makes it appear rather small from our viewpoint but I measure it at nearly 80,000 light-years across. It is really a larger than average spiral galaxy. It is classified as an Scd: galaxy indicating its arms are spread wide. I hardly see recognizable arms, just a blue disk with one arc at the southern edge. Otherwise, I only see scattered star clouds. The galaxy is rather blue with only a small golden core region. A very old 1973 paper describes it as "Patchy -- Asymmetric broken arms, no disturbing object visible." While I agree with most of that there may be a disturbing object that is visible. I say "may" as I'm not so sure. NED, however, lists a round blue object, seen against it as the galaxy, ASK 610560.0. To me, it is just a star cloud same as many others in the galaxy. I suppose it could be the core of whatever "disturbed" it. NED usually notes these as part of a galaxy, not a separate galaxy but not always. For now, I'm saying it is just a star cloud in the galaxy. NGC 2661 was discovered by William Herschel on March 19, 1784. It isn't in either H400 observing program.
Related Designation(s):2MASS J08455955+1237117, 2MASX J08455957+1237118, 2MASXi J0845595+123711, AKARI J0845597+123717, ASK 611290.0, CGCG 061-008, CGCG 0843.2+1249, ECO 03811, HIPASS J0845+12, IRAS 08432+1248, IRAS F08432+1248, MCG +02-23-004, NGC 2661, NGC 2664, NGC2661, NGC2664, NSA 156881, P-K 214+31 01, PGC 024632, SDSS J084559.54+123711.6, SDSS J084559.54+123711.7, SDSS-i-fon-1453, SDSS-r-fon-1539, UGC 04584, UZC J084559.5+123715,