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Messier 96 (NGC3368) Facts

Messier 96 (NGC3368) Facts Elliptical Galaxy in Leo

Messier 96 (NGC3368) is an elliptical galaxy object of interest in space. It lies at a distance of 28,000-34,000 kly light years away in the constellation of Leo.

It is referred to as M(96) when it was catalogued by Charles Messier in 18th - 19th Century France. It is also referred to as NGC(3368) 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 Elliptical Galaxy's location is 10:46.8 (R.A.) and +11:49 (Dec.).

(M96,NGC3368) is a elliptical galaxy. It was discovered in 1781 by Pierre Mechain. It's location is RA(10:46.8), Dec(+11:49) and its distance is calculated 38000 light years away. Its visual Brightness is 9.2. Its apparent dimensions measured in arcmins is 6x4.

Fact File


NameMessier 96 (NGC3368)
TypeElliptical Galaxy
Messier Id96
NGC Id3368
ConstellationLeo
Right Ascension10:46.8
Declination+11:49
Distance (Lt.Yr)28,000-34,000 kly
Apparent Dimension6x4
Year of Discovery1781
DiscovererPierre Mechain
CoprightSpace Telescope


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