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Butterfly Cluster (M6, NGC6405) Facts

Butterfly Cluster (M6, NGC6405) is an open cluster object of interest in space. It lies at a distance of 1600 light years away in the constellation of Scorpius.

It is referred to as M(6) when it was catalogued by Charles Messier in 18th - 19th Century France. It is also referred to as NGC(6405) in the New General Catalogue. This is a list of deep space objects that was compiled by John Louis Emil Dreyer in 1888 in an update to John Herschel earlier catalogue.

The Open Cluster's location is 17:40.1 (R.A.) and -32:13 (Dec.). Its Visual (Apparent) Brightness is 4.00 Magnitude with an apparent dimension of 25.0 . The object can be seen with the naked eye, that is, you don't need a telescope/binoculars to see it.

The Butterfly Cluster (M6, NGC6405) is an open star cluster that was discovered in 1654 by Italian astronomer Giovanni Battista Hodierna.

Fact File


NameButterfly Cluster (M6, NGC6405)
TypeOpen Cluster
Messier Id6
NGC Id6405
ConstellationScorpius
Right Ascension17:40.1
Declination-32:13
Distance (Lt.Yr)1600
Apparent Dimension25.0
Visual / Apparent Magnitude4.00
Naked Eye VisibleYes - Magnitudes
Year of Discovery1654
DiscovererHodierna


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