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Messier 73 (NGC6994) Facts

Messier 73 (NGC6994) is a star cluster (4 star system) 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 Star Cluster (4 Star System)'s location is 20:58.9 (R.A.) and -12:38 (Dec.). Its Visual (Apparent) Brightness is 9.00 Magnitude 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.

Fact File

NameMessier 73 (NGC6994)
TypeStar Cluster (4 Star System)
Messier Id73
NGC Id6994
Right Ascension20:58.9
Distance (Lt.Yr)~2.5 kly
Apparent Dimension2.8
Visual / Apparent Magnitude9.00
Naked Eye VisibleRequires a 7x50 Binoculars - Magnitudes
Year of Discovery1780
DiscovererCharles Messier

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