De Vaucouleurs Atlas Type: SB(rs)c
Telescope: SDSS 2.5-m
North upper right, East upper left
Field Dimensions: 8.2 x 6.2 arcminutes
RC3 Type: SB(rs)c
RSA Type: SBc(s)I.8 pec
Surface Brightness Range Displayed: 19.0-25.5 mag per square arcsec
Absolute Blue Magnitude: -20.7
Elmegreen Spiral Arm Class: AC 5
De Vaucouleurs Atlas Description:
NGC 3359 is a very good example of the type. The bar is well-defined, but the inner pseudoring is a weak, fairly open feature of the bracket (NGC 4548 ) type. The Sc type is based on the appearance of the bar and the openness and patchiness of the arms.
NGC 3359 has been the subject of many studies due to its strong bar and spiral morphology. In one such study, Martin and Roy (1995) argue that the bar in NGC 3359 has formed only recently because of the behavior of the radial distribution of the oxygen to hydrogen abundance ratio.