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The Triangulum Galaxy (M33, NGC598) Facts

The Triangulum Galaxy (M33, NGC598) Facts Spiral Galaxy in Triangulum

The Triangulum Galaxy (M33, NGC598) is a spiral galaxy object of interest in space. It lies at a distance of between 2,380,000.00 and 3,070,000.00 light years away in the constellation of Triangulum.

It is referred to as M(33) when it was catalogued by Charles Messier in 18th - 19th Century France. It is also referred to as NGC(598) 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 01:33.9 (R.A.) and +30:39 (Dec.). Its Visual (Apparent) Brightness is 6.00 Magnitude with an apparent dimension of 73x45 . The object can be seen with the naked eye from Earth, that is, you don't need a telescope/binoculars to see it.

The Triangulum Galaxy (M33,NGC598) is a spiral galaxy. It was discovered in 1764 by Charles Messier. It's location is RA(01:33.9), Dec(+30:39) and its distance is calculated 2.380-3.070 million light years away. Its visual Brightness is 5.7. Its apparent dimensions measured in arcmins is 73x45.

The Triangulum Galaxy does not get its name from its shape, its name is from the constellation that it can be located in, Triangulum. It is a local galaxy and will one day along with the Andromeda Galaxy collide into our Milky Way. The good news is that it won't happens billions of years, long after we've gone.

Although it is small compared to IC 1101 galaxy, it has a number of new star forming areas and will carry on for a long time yet. The galaxy was one of three galaxies that appeared in the television series Andromeda along with the milky way and the Andromeda Galaxy.

Travel Time to The Triangulum Galaxy (M33, NGC598)

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 A3807362,168,570,077,472.83
Speed of Sound (Mach 1)767.2692,080,192,966,247.82
Concorde (Mach 2)1,534.541,040,095,127,543.11
New Horizons Probe33,00048,365,684,152.12
Speed of Light670,616,629.002,380,000.00

Fact File

NameThe Triangulum Galaxy (M33, NGC598)
TypeSpiral Galaxy
Messier Id33
NGC Id598
Right Ascension01:33.9
Distance (Lt.Yr)2,380,000 - 3,070,000
Apparent Dimension73x45
Visual / Apparent Magnitude6.00
Naked Eye VisibleYes - Magnitudes
Year of Discovery1764
DiscovererCharles Messier
CoprightAnglo-Australian Observatory

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