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Spindle Galaxy (M102)

Spindle Galaxy (M102) is a lenticular or spiral galaxy object of interest in space. It lies at a distance of 50 Million LY light years away in the constellation of Draco.

It is referred to as M(102) when it was catalogued by Charles Messier in 18th - 19th Century France. It is also referred to as NGC(5866) 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. Spindle Galaxy (M102) was discovered in 1781 by Charlies Messier.

The Lenticular or Spiral Galaxy's location is 15:06.5 (R.A.) and +55:46 (Dec.). Its Visual Brightness is a 9.9 Magnitude and has an apparent magnitude of 11 with an apparent dimension of 5.2x2.3 . The object can not be seen by the naked eye, you need a telescope to see it.

Fact File


NameSpindle Galaxy (M102)
TypeLenticular or Spiral Galaxy
Messier Id102
NGC Id5866
ConstellationDraco
Right Ascension15:06.5
Declination+55:46
Distance (Lt.Yr)50 Million LY
Visual Brightness9.9
Apparent Dimension5.2x2.3
Apparent Magnitude11
Naked Eye VisibleRequires a 4.5 - 6 Inch Telescope - Magnitudes
Year of Discovery1781
DiscovererCharlies Messier


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