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Messier 3 (NGC5272) Facts

Messier 3 (NGC5272) is a globular cluster object of interest in space. It lies at a distance of 33900 light years away in the constellation of Canes Venatici.

It is referred to as M(3) when it was catalogued by Charles Messier in 18th - 19th Century France. It is also referred to as NGC(5272) 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 Globular Cluster's location is 13:42.2 (R.A.) and 28:23 (Dec.). Its Visual (Apparent) Brightness is 6.00 Magnitude with an apparent dimension of 18.0 . The object can be seen with the naked eye, that is, you don't need a telescope/binoculars to see it.

(M3,NGC5272) is a globular cluster. It was discovered in 1764 by Charles Messier. It's location is RA(13:42.2), Dec(28:23) and its distance is calculated 33.9 light years away. Its visual Brightness is 6.2. Its apparent dimensions measured in arcmins is 18.0.

Fact File


NameMessier 3 (NGC5272)
TypeGlobular Cluster
Messier Id3
NGC Id5272
ConstellationCanes Venatici
Right Ascension13:42.2
Declination28:23
Distance (Lt.Yr)33900
Apparent Dimension18.0
Visual / Apparent Magnitude6.00
Naked Eye VisibleYes - Magnitudes
Year of Discovery1764
DiscovererCharles Messier


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