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Messier 24
Messier 24 Small Sagittarius Star Cloud
Credit: NASA, ESA

M24 (IC 4715) - Small Sagittarius Star Cloud

Messier 24 (IC 4715), also known as the Small Sagittarius Star Cloud, is a cloud located in the constellation Sagittarius, in the Sagittarius Arm of the Milky Way Galaxy in the Local Group of galaxies. M24 is 10,000 light years away from Earth.

M24 is best viewed during late summer, is magnitude 2.5, and can be viewed with naked eye. M24 is 2° x 1° in apparent size. For reference, the full moon is 30' (arc minutes) in size.

      1. Name:
      2. Small Sagittarius Star Cloud
      1. Type:
      2. cloud
      1. NGC or IC:
      2. IC 4715
      1. Magnitude:
      2. 2.5
      1. Viewing:
      2. naked eye
      1. Size:
      2. 2° x 1°
      1. Distance (light years):
      2. 10,000 LY
      1. RA:
      2. 18h 17m
      1. Dec:
      2. -18 29'
      1. Season:
      2. late summer
      1. Milky Way location:
      2. Sagittarius Arm
      1. Galaxy group:
      2. Local Group

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