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Messier 66 (NGC3627)

Messier 66 (NGC3627) is a spiral galaxy object of interest in space. It lies at a distance of 31,000-41,000 kly light years away in the constellation of Leo.

It is referred to as M(66) when it was catalogued by Charles Messier in 18th - 19th Century France. It is also referred to as NGC(3627) 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 11:20.2 (R.A.) and +12:59 (Dec.). Its Visual Brightness is a 8.9 Magnitude and has an apparent magnitude of 9 with an apparent dimension of 8x2.5 . The object can not be seen by the naked eye, you need a telescope to see it.

(M66,NGC3627) is a spiral galaxy. It was discovered in 1780 by Charles Messier. It's location is RA(11:20.2), Dec(+12:59) and its distance is calculated 31.000-41.000 light years away. Its visual Brightness is 8.9. Its apparent dimensions measured in arcmins is 8x2.5.

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NameMessier 66 (NGC3627)
TypeSpiral Galaxy
Messier Id66
NGC Id3627
ConstellationLeo
Right Ascension11:20.2
Declination+12:59
Distance (Lt.Yr)31,000-41,000 kly
Visual Brightness8.9
Apparent Dimension8x2.5
Apparent Magnitude9
Naked Eye VisibleRequires a 7x50 Binoculars - Magnitudes
Year of Discovery1780
DiscovererCharles Messier

Messier 66 (NGC3627) Spiral Galaxy in Leo


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