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Messier 96 (M96, NGC3368)


Messier 96 is an elliptical galaxy object of interest in space. It lies at a distance of 38000 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 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. Messier 96 was discovered in 1781 by Pierre Mechain. The Elliptical Galaxy's location is 10:46.8 (R.A.) and +11:49 (Dec.). Its Visual Brightness is a 9.2 Magnitude with an apparent dimension of 6x4 .

(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.

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NameMessier 96
TypeElliptical Galaxy
Messier Id96
NGC Id3368
ConstellationLeo
TypeElliptical Galaxy
Right Ascension10:46.8
Declination+11:49
Distance (Lt.Yr)38000
Visual Brightness9.2
Apparent Dimension6x4
Year of Discovery1781
DiscovererPierre Mechain