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Messier 3
Messier 3
Credit: NASA, ESA

M3 (NGC 5272)

Messier 3 (NGC 5272) is a globular cluster located in the constellation Canes Venatici, in the Galactic Center of the Milky Way Galaxy in the Local Group of galaxies. M3 is 34,000 light years away from Earth.

M3 is best viewed during early spring, is magnitude 6.2, and can be viewed with binoculars. M3 is 18' in apparent size. For reference, the full moon is 30' (arc minutes) in size.

      1. Name:
      1. Type:
      2. globular cluster
      1. NGC or IC:
      2. NGC 5272
      1. Magnitude:
      2. 6.2
      1. Viewing:
      2. binoculars
      1. Size:
      2. 18'
      1. Distance (light years):
      2. 34,000 LY
      1. RA:
      2. 13h 42.2m
      1. Dec:
      2. 28 23'
      1. Season:
      2. early spring
      1. Milky Way location:
      2. Galactic Center
      1. Galaxy group:
      2. Local Group
      1. Contains:
      2. 500,000 stars

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