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Messier 56
Messier 56
Credit: NASA, ESA

M56 (NGC 6779)

Messier 56 (NGC 6779) is a globular cluster located in the constellation Lyra, in the Galactic Center of the Milky Way Galaxy in the Local Group of galaxies. M56 is 33,000 light years away from Earth.

M56 is best viewed during early spring, is magnitude 8.3, and can be viewed with binoculars. M56 is 9' 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 6779
      1. Magnitude:
      2. 8.3
      1. Viewing:
      2. binoculars
      1. Size:
      2. 9'
      1. Distance (light years):
      2. 33,000 LY
      1. RA:
      2. 19h 16.6m
      1. Dec:
      2. 30 11'
      1. Season:
      2. early 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.