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Messier 29
Messier 29 Cooling Tower
Credit: NASA, ESA

M29 (NGC 6913) - Cooling Tower

Messier 29 (NGC 6913), also known as the Cooling Tower, is an open cluster located in the constellation Cygnus, in the Orion Arm of the Milky Way Galaxy in the Local Group of galaxies. M29 is 3,700 light years away from Earth.

M29 is best viewed during early spring, is magnitude 6.6, and can be viewed with binoculars. M29 is 7' in apparent size. For reference, the full moon is 30' (arc minutes) in size.

      1. Name:
      2. Cooling Tower
      1. Type:
      2. open cluster
      1. NGC or IC:
      2. NGC 6913
      1. Magnitude:
      2. 6.6
      1. Viewing:
      2. binoculars
      1. Size:
      2. 7'
      1. Distance (light years):
      2. 3,700 LY
      1. RA:
      2. 20h 23.9m
      1. Dec:
      2. 38 32'
      1. Season:
      2. early spring
      1. Milky Way location:
      2. Orion Arm
      1. Galaxy group:
      2. Local Group

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