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Messier 54 (M54, NGC6715)


Messier 54 is a globular cluster object of interest in space. It lies at a distance of 87.4 light years away in the constellation of Sagittarius. It is referred to as M(54) when it was catalogued by Charles Messier in 18th - 19th Century France. It is referred to as NGC(6715) 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. Messier 54 was discovered in 1778 by Charles Messier. The Globular Cluster's location is 18:55.1 (R.A.) and -30:29 (Dec.). Its Visual Brightness is a 7.6 Magnitude and has an apparent magnitude of 8 with an apparent dimension of 12.0 .

(M54,NGC6715) is a globular cluster. It was discovered in 1778 by Charles Messier. It's location is RA(18:55.1), Dec(-30:29) and its distance is calculated 87.4 light years away. Its visual Brightness is 7.6. Its apparent dimensions measured in arcmins is 12.0.

Fact File


NameMessier 54
TypeGlobular Cluster
Messier Id54
NGC Id6715
ConstellationSagittarius
TypeGlobular Cluster
Right Ascension18:55.1
Declination-30:29
Distance (Lt.Yr)87.4
Visual Brightness7.6
Apparent Dimension12.0
Apparent Magnitude8
Year of Discovery1778
DiscovererCharles Messier