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Fireworks Galaxy
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NGC 6946 or Fireworks Galaxy is a spiral galaxy in Cepheus and Cygnus
Observation data (J2000 epoch)
Right ascension 20h 34m 52.3s
Declination 60° 09′ 14″
Redshift 0.000160
Distance 22.5±7.8 Mly
Type SAB(rs)cd
Notable features Galaxy with lots of Supernovae
Other designations
UGC 11597, Arp 29, PGC 65001, SPB93 263, 8C 2033+599, 11HUGS 410, IRAS 20338+5958, IRASF 20338+5958
William Herschel
See also: Galaxy, List of galaxies

NGC 6946, also known as the Fireworks galaxy, Arp 29, and Caldwell 12, is a spiral galaxy in the constellation of Cepheus and Cygnus. It is about 22.5 million light-years away from Earth. It was discovered by William Herschel in September 9, 1798. It's highly obscured by interestellar matter, and it's very close to the galactic plane. It has a third of the Milky Way as size

Supernovae in NGC 6946

Fireworks Galaxy has this name because of the supernovae happened in the galaxy. The supernovaes in this galaxy are very frecuently, in the last century a total of 9 supernovaes were seen from our galaxy: SN 1917a, SN 1939c, SN 1948b, SNSN 1968d, SN 1969p, SN 1980k, SN 2002hh, SN 2004et, SN2008s

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