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Messier 54 (NGC6715) Facts

Messier 54 (NGC6715) is a globular cluster object of interest in space. It lies at a distance of 87400 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 also 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.

The Globular Cluster's location is 18:55.1 (R.A.) and -30:29 (Dec.). Its Visual (Apparent) Brightness is 8.00 Magnitude with an apparent dimension of 12.0 . The object can not be seen by the naked eye, you need a telescope to see it.

(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 (NGC6715)
TypeGlobular Cluster
Messier Id54
NGC Id6715
Right Ascension18:55.1
Distance (Lt.Yr)87400
Apparent Dimension12.0
Visual / Apparent Magnitude8.00
Naked Eye VisibleRequires a 7x50 Binoculars - Magnitudes
Year of Discovery1778
DiscovererCharles Messier

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