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Messier 66
Messier 66 Leo Triplet
Credit: NASA, ESA

M66 (NGC 3627) - Leo Triplet

Messier 66 (NGC 3627), also known as the Leo Triplet, is a barred spiral galaxy located in the constellation Leo in the M66 Group of galaxies. M66 is 35,000,000 light years away from Earth.

M66 is best viewed during early spring, is magnitude 8.9, and can be viewed with binoculars. M66 is 9.1' x 4.2' in apparent size. For reference, the full moon is 30' (arc minutes) in size.

      1. Name:
      2. Leo Triplet
      1. Type:
      2. barred spiral galaxy
      1. Constellation:
      2. Leo
      1. NGC or IC:
      2. NGC 3627
      1. Magnitude:
      2. 8.9
      1. Viewing:
      2. binoculars
      1. Size:
      2. 9.1' x 4.2'
      1. Distance (light years):
      2. 35,000,000 LY
      1. RA:
      2. 11h 20.2m
      1. Dec:
      2. 13 0'
      1. Season:
      2. early spring
      1. Galaxy group:
      2. M66 Group

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