Messier 78 (NGC2068) is a reflection nebula object of interest in space. It lies at a distance of 1600 light years away in the constellation of Orion. It is referred to as M(78) when it was catalogued by Charles Messier in 18th - 19th Century France. It is also referred to as NGC(2068) 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 78 (NGC2068) was discovered in 1780 by Pierre Mechain. The Reflection Nebula's location is 05:46.7 (R.A.) and +00:03 (Dec.). Its Visual Brightness is a 8.3 Magnitude and has an apparent magnitude of 8 with an apparent dimension of 8x6 . The object can not be seen by the naked eye, you need a telescope to see it.
(M78,NGC2068) is a reflection nebula. It was discovered in 1780 by Pierre Mechain. It's location is RA(05:46.7), Dec(+00:03) and its distance is calculated 1.6 light years away. Its visual Brightness is 8.3. Its apparent dimensions measured in arcmins is 8x6.
|Name||Messier 78 (NGC2068)|
|Naked Eye Visible||Requires a 7x50 Binoculars - Magnitudes|
|Year of Discovery||1780|