Discovered by William Herschel on October 17, 1786.
NGC 1275 is also designated Perseus A and is the dominate member of the Perseus Cluster of Galaxies. In the image above it is the large galaxy to the lower left of center. A close up of the galaxy can be viewed here. It is a strong radio and x-ray source and is typed as a Seyfert galaxy. NGC 1275 is located approximately 235 million light years from our position in the Milky Way. Some of the fainter galaxies in the image are well over 300 million light years distant. To view an image with the brighter galaxies identified click here.
Click here or on the image above to view a larger image of the Perseus Galaxy Cluster.