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Messier 73 (NGC6994)

Messier 73 (NGC6994) is a system of 4 stars object of interest in space. It lies at a distance of ~2.5 kly light years away in the constellation of Aquarius.

It is referred to as M(73) when it was catalogued by Charles Messier in 18th - 19th Century France. It is also referred to as NGC(6994) 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 System of 4 Stars's location is 20:58.9 (R.A.) and -12:38 (Dec.). Its Visual Brightness is a 9.0 Magnitude and has an apparent magnitude of 9 with an apparent dimension of 2.8 . The object can not be seen by the naked eye, you need a telescope to see it.

(M73,NGC6994) is a system of 4 stars. It was discovered in 1780 by Charles Messier. It's location is RA(20:58.9), Dec(-12:38) and its distance is calculated ~2.5 light years away. Its visual Brightness is 9.0. Its apparent dimensions measured in arcmins is 2.8.

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NameMessier 73 (NGC6994)
TypeSystem of 4 Stars
Messier Id73
NGC Id6994
ConstellationAquarius
Right Ascension20:58.9
Declination-12:38
Distance (Lt.Yr)~2.5 kly
Visual Brightness9.0
Apparent Dimension2.8
Apparent Magnitude9
Naked Eye VisibleRequires a 7x50 Binoculars - Magnitudes
Year of Discovery1780
DiscovererCharles Messier


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