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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 between 28,000,000.00 and 34,000.00 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.

Travel Time to Messier 96 (NGC3368)

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 A38073625,512,589,146,739.13
Speed of Sound (Mach 1)767.26924,472,858,426,444.96
Concorde (Mach 2)1,534.5412,236,413,265,213.03
New Horizons Probe33,000569,008,048,848.48
Speed of Light670,616,629.0028,000,000.00

Fact File

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

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