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Messier 108 (NGC3556) Facts

Messier 108 (NGC3556) is a spiral galaxy object of interest in space. It lies at a distance of 46000000 light years away in the constellation of Ursa Major.

It is referred to as M(108) when it was catalogued by Charles Messier in 18th - 19th Century France. It is also referred to as NGC(3556) 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 Spiral Galaxy's location is 11:11.5 (R.A.) and +55:40 (Dec.). Its Visual (Apparent) Brightness is 11.00 Magnitude with an apparent dimension of 8x1 . The object can not be seen by the naked eye, you need a telescope to see it.

(M108,NGC3556) is a spiral galaxy. It was discovered in 1781 by Pierre Mechain. It's location is RA(11:11.5), Dec(+55:40) and its distance is calculated 46000 light years away. Its visual Brightness is 10.0. Its apparent dimensions measured in arcmins is 8x1.

Fact File


NameMessier 108 (NGC3556)
TypeSpiral Galaxy
Messier Id108
NGC Id3556
ConstellationUrsa Major
Right Ascension11:11.5
Declination+55:40
Distance (Lt.Yr)46000000
Apparent Dimension8x1
Visual / Apparent Magnitude11.00
Naked Eye VisibleRequires a 4.5 - 6 Inch Telescope - Magnitudes
Year of Discovery1781
DiscovererPierre Mechain


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