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Messier 71 (NGC6838) Facts

Messier 71 (NGC6838) is a globular cluster object of interest in space. It lies at a distance of about 13,000.00 light years away in the constellation of Sagitta.

It is referred to as M(71) when it was catalogued by Charles Messier in 18th - 19th Century France. It is also referred to as NGC(6838) 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 19:53.8 (R.A.) and +18:47 (Dec.). Its Visual (Apparent) Brightness is 6.00 Magnitude with an apparent dimension of 7.2 . The object can be seen with the naked eye from Earth, that is, you don't need a telescope/binoculars to see it.

(M71,NGC6838) is a globular cluster. It was discovered in 1745 by Philippe Loys de Cheseaux. It's location is RA(19:53.8), Dec(+18:47) and its distance is calculated 13 light years away. Its visual Brightness is 8.2. Its apparent dimensions measured in arcmins is 7.2.

Travel Time to Messier 71 (NGC6838)

The time it will take to travel to this star is dependent on how fast you are going. U.G. has done some calculations as to how long it will take going at differing speeds. A note about the calculations, when I'm talking about years, I'm talking non-leap years only (365 days).

The New Horizons space probe is the fastest probe that we've sent into space at the time of writing. Its primary mission was to visit Pluto which at the time of launch (2006), Pluto was still a planet.

DescriptionSpeed (m.p.h.)Time (years)
Walking42,179,504,044,250.00
Car12072,650,134,808.33
Airbus A38073611,845,130,675.27
Speed of Sound (Mach 1)767.26911,362,398,555.14
Concorde (Mach 2)1,534.545,681,191,873.13
New Horizons Probe33,000264,182,308.39
Speed of Light670,616,629.0013,000.00

Fact File


NameMessier 71 (NGC6838)
TypeGlobular Cluster
Messier Id71
NGC Id6838
ConstellationSagitta
Right Ascension19:53.8
Declination+18:47
Distance (Lt.Yr)13000
Apparent Dimension7.2
Visual / Apparent Magnitude6.00
Naked Eye VisibleYes - Magnitudes
Year of Discovery1745
DiscovererPhilippe Loys de Cheseaux


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