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Messier 68 (NGC4590)

Messier 68 (NGC4590) is a globular cluster object of interest in space. It lies at a distance of 33600 light years away in the constellation of Hydra.

It is referred to as M(68) when it was catalogued by Charles Messier in 18th - 19th Century France. It is also referred to as NGC(4590) 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 12:39.5 (R.A.) and -26:45 (Dec.). Its Visual Brightness is a 7.8 Magnitude and has an apparent magnitude of 10 with an apparent dimension of 11.0 . The object can not be seen by the naked eye, you need a telescope to see it.

(M68,NGC4590) is a globular cluster. It was discovered in 1780 by Charles Messier. It's location is RA(12:39.5), Dec(-26:45) and its distance is calculated 33.6 light years away. Its visual Brightness is 7.8. Its apparent dimensions measured in arcmins is 11.0.

Fact File

NameMessier 68 (NGC4590)
TypeGlobular Cluster
Messier Id68
NGC Id4590
Right Ascension12:39.5
Distance (Lt.Yr)33600
Visual Brightness7.8
Apparent Dimension11.0
Apparent Magnitude10
Naked Eye VisibleRequires a 7x50 Binoculars - Magnitudes
Year of Discovery1780
DiscovererCharles Messier

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