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Messier 74 (NGC628) Facts

Messier 74 (NGC628) Facts Spiral Galaxy in Pisces

Messier 74 (NGC628) is a spiral galaxy object of interest in space. It lies at a distance of between 24,000,000.00 and 36,000,000.00 light years away in the constellation of Pisces.

It is referred to as M(74) when it was catalogued by Charles Messier in 18th - 19th Century France. It is also referred to as NGC(628) 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 01:36.7 (R.A.) and +15:47 (Dec.). Its Visual (Apparent) Brightness is 10.00 Magnitude with an apparent dimension of 10.2x9.5 . The object can not be seen by the naked eye from Earth, you need a telescope to see it.

(M74,NGC628) is a spiral galaxy. It was discovered in 1780 by Pierre Mechain. It's location is RA(01:36.7), Dec(+15:47) and its distance is calculated 24.000-36.000 light years away. Its visual Brightness is 9.4. Its apparent dimensions measured in arcmins is 10.2x9.5.

Travel Time to Messier 74 (NGC628)

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)
Airbus A38073621,867,933,554,347.83
Speed of Sound (Mach 1)767.26920,976,735,794,095.68
Concorde (Mach 2)1,534.5410,488,354,227,325.45
New Horizons Probe33,000487,721,184,727.27
Speed of Light670,616,629.0024,000,000.00

Fact File

NameMessier 74 (NGC628)
TypeSpiral Galaxy
Messier Id74
NGC Id628
Right Ascension01:36.7
Distance (Lt.Yr)24,000,000 - 36,000,000
Apparent Dimension10.2x9.5
Visual / Apparent Magnitude10.00
Naked Eye VisibleRequires a 7x50 Binoculars - Magnitudes
Year of Discovery1780
DiscovererPierre Mechain

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