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 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|