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Messier 26
Messier 26
Credit: NASA, ESA

M26 (NGC 6694)

Messier 26 (NGC 6694) is an open cluster located in the constellation Scutum, in the Sagittarius Arm of the Milky Way Galaxy in the Local Group of galaxies. M26 is 5,200 light years away from Earth.

M26 is best viewed during late summer, is magnitude 8, and can be viewed with binoculars. M26 is 14' in apparent size. For reference, the full moon is 30' (arc minutes) in size.

      1. Name:
      1. Type:
      2. open cluster
      1. NGC or IC:
      2. NGC 6694
      1. Magnitude:
      2. 8
      1. Viewing:
      2. binoculars
      1. Size:
      2. 14'
      1. Distance (light years):
      2. 5,200 LY
      1. RA:
      2. 18h 45.2m
      1. Dec:
      2. -9 24'
      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.