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Messier 56 (NGC6779) Facts

Messier 56 (NGC6779) is a globular cluster object of interest in space. It lies at a distance of 32900 light years away in the constellation of Lyra.

It is referred to as M(56) when it was catalogued by Charles Messier in 18th - 19th Century France. It is also referred to as NGC(6779) 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 19:16.6 (R.A.) and +30:11 (Dec.). Its Visual (Apparent) Brightness is 8.00 Magnitude with an apparent dimension of 8.8 . The object can not be seen by the naked eye, you need a telescope to see it.

(M56,NGC6779) is a globular cluster. It was discovered in 1779 by Charles Messier. It's location is RA(19:16.6), Dec(+30:11) and its distance is calculated 32.9 light years away. Its visual Brightness is 8.3. Its apparent dimensions measured in arcmins is 8.8.

Fact File


NameMessier 56 (NGC6779)
TypeGlobular Cluster
Messier Id56
NGC Id6779
ConstellationLyra
Right Ascension19:16.6
Declination+30:11
Distance (Lt.Yr)32900
Apparent Dimension8.8
Visual / Apparent Magnitude8.00
Naked Eye VisibleRequires a 7x50 Binoculars - Magnitudes
Year of Discovery1779
DiscovererCharles Messier


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