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Messier 109 (NGC3992) Facts

Messier 109 (NGC3992) is a spiral galaxy object of interest in space. It lies at a distance of between 59,500,000.00 and 107,500,000.00 light years away in the constellation of Ursa Major.

It is referred to as M(109) when it was catalogued by Charles Messier in 18th - 19th Century France. It is also referred to as NGC(3992) 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 11:57.6 (R.A.) and +53:23 (Dec.). Its Visual (Apparent) Brightness is 11.00 Magnitude with an apparent dimension of 7x4 . The object can not be seen by the naked eye from Earth, you need a telescope to see it.

(M109,NGC3992) is a spiral galaxy. It was discovered in 1781 by Pierre Mechain. It's location is RA(11:57.6), Dec(+53:23) and its distance is calculated 59.500-107.500 light years away. Its visual Brightness is 9.8. Its apparent dimensions measured in arcmins is 7x4.

Travel Time to Messier 109 (NGC3992)

The time it will take to travel to this star is dependent on how fast you are going. U.G. has done some calculations as to how long it will take going at differing speeds. A note about the calculations, when I'm talking about years, I'm talking non-leap years only (365 days).

The New Horizons space probe is the fastest probe that we've sent into space at the time of writing. Its primary mission was to visit Pluto which at the time of launch (2006), Pluto was still a planet.

DescriptionSpeed (m.p.h.)Time (years)
Walking49,975,422,356,375,000.00
Car120332,514,078,545,833.33
Airbus A38073654,214,251,936,820.65
Speed of Sound (Mach 1)767.26952,004,824,156,195.55
Concorde (Mach 2)1,534.5426,002,378,188,577.68
New Horizons Probe33,0001,209,142,103,803.03
Speed of Light670,616,629.0059,500,000.00

Fact File


NameMessier 109 (NGC3992)
TypeSpiral Galaxy
Messier Id109
NGC Id3992
ConstellationUrsa Major
Right Ascension11:57.6
Declination+53:23
Distance (Lt.Yr)59,500,000 - 107,500,000
Apparent Dimension7x4
Visual / Apparent Magnitude11.00
Naked Eye VisibleRequires a 4.5 - 6 Inch Telescope - Magnitudes
Year of Discovery1781
DiscovererPierre Mechain


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