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Spindle Galaxy (M102) Facts

Spindle Galaxy (M102) Facts Lenticular or Spiral Galaxy in Draco

Spindle Galaxy (M102) is a lenticular or spiral galaxy object of interest in space. It lies at a distance of about 50,000,000.00 light years away in the constellation of Draco.

It is referred to as M(102) when it was catalogued by Charles Messier in 18th - 19th Century France. It is also referred to as NGC(5866) 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. Spindle Galaxy (M102) was discovered in 1781 by Charlies Messier.

The Lenticular or Spiral Galaxy's location is 15:06.5 (R.A.) and +55:46 (Dec.). Its Visual (Apparent) Brightness is 11.00 Magnitude with an apparent dimension of 5.2x2.3 . The object can not be seen by the naked eye from Earth, you need a telescope to see it.

Travel Time to Spindle Galaxy (M102)

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 A38073645,558,194,904,891.30
Speed of Sound (Mach 1)767.26943,701,532,904,366.00
Concorde (Mach 2)1,534.5421,850,737,973,594.69
New Horizons Probe33,0001,016,085,801,515.15
Speed of Light670,616,629.0050,000,000.00

Fact File

NameSpindle Galaxy (M102)
TypeLenticular Galaxy
Messier Id102
NGC Id5866
Right Ascension15:06.5
Distance (Lt.Yr)50,000,000
Apparent Dimension5.2x2.3
Visual / Apparent Magnitude11.00
Naked Eye VisibleRequires a 4.5 - 6 Inch Telescope - Magnitudes
Year of Discovery1781
DiscovererCharlies Messier
Radial Velocity755

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