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Messier 102
Messier 102 Spindle Galaxy
Credit: NASA, ESA

M102 (NGC 5866) - Spindle Galaxy

Messier 102 (NGC 5866), also known as the Spindle Galaxy, is a lenticular galaxy located in the constellation Draco in the M102 Group of galaxies. M102 is 50,000,000 light years away from Earth.

M102 is best viewed during mid-summer, is magnitude 10.7, and can be viewed with small telescope. M102 is 4.7' x 1.9' in apparent size. For reference, the full moon is 30' (arc minutes) in size.

      1. Name:
      2. Spindle Galaxy
      1. Type:
      2. lenticular galaxy
      1. NGC or IC:
      2. NGC 5866
      1. Magnitude:
      2. 10.7
      1. Viewing:
      2. small telescope
      1. Size:
      2. 4.7' x 1.9'
      1. Distance (light years):
      2. 50,000,000 LY
      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.