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Messier 72 (M72, NGC6981)


Messier 72 is a globular cluster object of interest in space. It lies at a distance of 53.40-55.74 light years away in the constellation of Aquarius. It is referred to as M(72) when it was catalogued by Charles Messier in 18th - 19th Century France. It is referred to as NGC(6981) 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 72 was discovered in 1780 by Pierre Mechain. The Globular Cluster's location is 20:53.5 (R.A.) and -12:32 (Dec.). Its Visual Brightness is a 9.3 Magnitude and has an apparent magnitude of 9 with an apparent dimension of 6.6 .

(M72,NGC6981) is a globular cluster. It was discovered in 1780 by Pierre Mechain. It's location is RA(20:53.5), Dec(-12:32) and its distance is calculated 53.40-55.74 light years away. Its visual Brightness is 9.3. Its apparent dimensions measured in arcmins is 6.6.

Fact File


NameMessier 72
TypeGlobular Cluster
Messier Id72
NGC Id6981
ConstellationAquarius
TypeGlobular Cluster
Right Ascension20:53.5
Declination-12:32
Distance (Lt.Yr)53.40-55.74
Visual Brightness9.3
Apparent Dimension6.6
Apparent Magnitude9
Year of Discovery1780
DiscovererPierre Mechain