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Messier Catalog M66

M66 (NGC 3627) - Leo Triplet

Messier M66 (NGC 3627), also known as the Leo Triplet, is a barred spiral galaxy located in the constellation Leo in the M66 Group of galaxies.

Messier M66 is best viewed during early spring, is magnitude 10.0*, and can be viewed with large binoculars. It is 8 x 2.5' in size. For reference, the full moon is 30' (arc minutes) in size.

      1. Name:
      2. Leo Triplet
      1. Type:
      2. barred spiral galaxy
      1. Constellation:
      2. Leo
      1. NGC:
      2. 3627
      1. Magnitude (m):
      2. 10.0
      1. Viewing:
      2. large binoculars
      1. Size:
      2. 8 x 2.5'
      1. RA:
      2. 11h 20.2m
      1. Dec:
      2. 13 0'
      1. Season:
      2. early spring
      1. Galaxy group:
      2. M66 Group

    * The naked eye can see up to magnitude 8 objects under ideal dark sky conditions.



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