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Messier 72 (NGC6981) Facts

Messier 72 (NGC6981) is a globular cluster object of interest in space. It lies at a distance of 53.40-55.74 kly 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 also 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.

The Globular Cluster's location is 20:53.5 (R.A.) and -12:32 (Dec.). Its Visual (Apparent) Brightness is 9.00 Magnitude with an apparent dimension of 6.6 . The object can not be seen by the naked eye, you need a telescope to see it.

(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 (NGC6981)
TypeGlobular Cluster
Messier Id72
NGC Id6981
ConstellationAquarius
Right Ascension20:53.5
Declination-12:32
Distance (Lt.Yr)53.40-55.74 kly
Apparent Dimension6.6
Visual / Apparent Magnitude9.00
Naked Eye VisibleRequires a 7x50 Binoculars - Magnitudes
Year of Discovery1780
DiscovererPierre Mechain


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