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Messier Objects

Messier M102 - Spindle Galaxy

M102 (NGC 5866), also known as Spindle Galaxy, is a lenticular galaxy located within the constellation Draco in the M102 Group of galaxies.

M102 is best viewed during mid-summer, is magnitude 10.5*, and can be viewed with small telescope. It is 5.2 x 2.3' in size. For reference, the full moon is 30' (arc minutes) in size.

      1. Name:
      2. Spindle Galaxy
      1. Type:
      2. lenticular galaxy
      1. NGC:
      2. 5866
      1. Magnitude (m):
      2. 10.5
      1. Viewing:
      2. small telescope
      1. Size:
      2. 5.2 x 2.3'
      1. RA:
      2. 15h 6.5m
      1. Dec:
      2. 55 45'
      1. Season:
      2. mid-summer
      1. Galaxy group:
      2. M102 Group

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



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