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Messier 5 (NGC 5904) Facts

Messier 5 (NGC 5904) is a globular cluster object of interest in space. It lies at a distance of 24500 light years away in the constellation of Serpens.

It is referred to as M(5) when it was catalogued by Charles Messier in 18th - 19th Century France. It is also referred to as NGC(5904) 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 15:18.6 (R.A.) and +02:05 (Dec.). Its Visual (Apparent) Brightness is 7.00 Magnitude with an apparent dimension of 23.0 . The object can not be seen by the naked eye, you need a telescope to see it.

(M5,NGC5904) is a globular cluster. It was discovered in 1702 by Gottfried Kirch. It's location is RA(15:18.6), Dec(+02:05) and its distance is calculated 24.5 light years away. Its visual Brightness is 5.6. Its apparent dimensions measured in arcmins is 23.0.

Fact File


NameMessier 5 (NGC 5904)
TypeGlobular Cluster
Messier Id5
NGC Id5904
ConstellationSerpens
Right Ascension15:18.6
Declination+02:05
Distance (Lt.Yr)24500
Apparent Dimension23.0
Visual / Apparent Magnitude7.00
Naked Eye VisibleRequires a 7x50 Binoculars - Magnitudes
Year of Discovery1702
DiscovererGottfried Kirch


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