Go-astronomy logo

Messier 53
Messier 53
Credit: NASA, ESA

M53 (NGC 5024)

Messier 53 (NGC 5024) is a globular cluster located in the constellation Coma Berenices, in the Galactic Center of the Milky Way Galaxy in the Local Group of galaxies. M53 is 58,000 light years away from Earth.

M53 is best viewed during late spring, is magnitude 8.3, and can be viewed with binoculars. M53 is 13' 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 5024
      1. Magnitude:
      2. 8.3
      1. Viewing:
      2. binoculars
      1. Size:
      2. 13'
      1. Distance (light years):
      2. 58,000 LY
      1. RA:
      2. 13h 12.9m
      1. Dec:
      2. 18 10'
      1. Season:
      2. late spring
      1. Milky Way location:
      2. Galactic Center
      1. Galaxy group:
      2. Local Group

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