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 Brightness is a 9.3 Magnitude and has an apparent magnitude of 9 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.
|Name||Messier 72 (NGC6981)|
|Distance (Lt.Yr)||53.40-55.74 kly|
|Naked Eye Visible||Requires a 7x50 Binoculars - Magnitudes|
|Year of Discovery||1780|