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Messier 78 (NGC2068) Facts

Messier 78 (NGC2068) Facts Reflection Nebula in Orion

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.

The Reflection Nebula's location is 05:46.7 (R.A.) and +00:03 (Dec.). Its Visual (Apparent) Brightness is 8.00 Magnitude 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.

Fact File

NameMessier 78 (NGC2068)
TypeReflection Nebula
Messier Id78
NGC Id2068
Right Ascension05:46.7
Distance (Lt.Yr)1600
Apparent Dimension8x6
Visual / Apparent Magnitude8.00
Naked Eye VisibleRequires a 7x50 Binoculars - Magnitudes
Year of Discovery1780
DiscovererPierre Mechain

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