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Messier 48
Messier 48
Credit: NASA, ESA

M48 (NGC 2548)

Messier 48 (NGC 2548) is an open cluster located in the constellation Hydra, in the Orion Arm of the Milky Way Galaxy in the Local Group of galaxies. M48 is 2,500 light years away from Earth.

M48 is best viewed during early spring, is magnitude 5.8, and can be viewed with naked eye (barely). M48 is 30' 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 2548
      1. Magnitude:
      2. 5.8
      1. Viewing:
      2. naked eye (barely)
      1. Size:
      2. 30'
      1. Distance (light years):
      2. 2,500 LY
      1. RA:
      2. 8h 13.8m
      1. Dec:
      2. -5 48'
      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.