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Messier 48 (NGC2548) Facts

Messier 48 (NGC2548) is a globular cluster object of interest in space. It lies at a distance of 1500 light years away in the constellation of Hydra.

It is referred to as M(48) when it was catalogued by Charles Messier in 18th - 19th Century France. It is also referred to as NGC(2548) 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 08:13.8 (R.A.) and -05:48 (Dec.). Its Visual (Apparent) Brightness is 6.00 Magnitude with an apparent dimension of 54.0 . The object can be seen with the naked eye, that is, you don't need a telescope/binoculars to see it.

(M48,NGC2548) is a globular cluster. It was discovered in 1771 by Charles Messier. It's location is RA(08:13.8), Dec(-05:48) and its distance is calculated 1.5 light years away. Its visual Brightness is 5.5. Its apparent dimensions measured in arcmins is 54.0.

Fact File


NameMessier 48 (NGC2548)
TypeGlobular Cluster
Messier Id48
NGC Id2548
ConstellationHydra
Right Ascension08:13.8
Declination-05:48
Distance (Lt.Yr)1500
Apparent Dimension54.0
Visual / Apparent Magnitude6.00
Naked Eye VisibleYes - Magnitudes
Year of Discovery1771
DiscovererCharles Messier


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