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Messier 77 (NGC1068) Facts

Messier 77 (NGC1068) Facts Spiral Galaxy in Cetus

Messier 77 (NGC1068) is a spiral galaxy object of interest in space. It lies at a distance of about 47,000,000.00 light years away in the constellation of Cetus.

It is referred to as M(77) when it was catalogued by Charles Messier in 18th - 19th Century France. It is also referred to as NGC(1068) 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 02:42.7 (R.A.) and -00:01 (Dec.). Its Visual (Apparent) Brightness is 10.00 Magnitude with an apparent dimension of 7x6 . The object can not be seen by the naked eye from Earth, you need a telescope to see it.

(M77,NGC1068) is a spiral galaxy. It was discovered in 1780 by Pierre Mechain. It's location is RA(02:42.7), Dec(-00:01) and its distance is calculated 47000 light years away. Its visual Brightness is 8.9. Its apparent dimensions measured in arcmins is 7x6.

Travel Time to Messier 77 (NGC1068)

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 A38073642,824,703,210,597.83
Speed of Sound (Mach 1)767.26941,079,440,930,104.04
Concorde (Mach 2)1,534.5420,539,693,695,179.01
New Horizons Probe33,000955,120,653,424.24
Speed of Light670,616,629.0047,000,000.00

Fact File

NameMessier 77 (NGC1068)
TypeSpiral Galaxy
Messier Id77
NGC Id1068
Right Ascension02:42.7
Distance (Lt.Yr)47000000
Apparent Dimension7x6
Visual / Apparent Magnitude10.00
Naked Eye VisibleRequires a 7x50 Binoculars - Magnitudes
Year of Discovery1780
DiscovererPierre Mechain

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