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Messier 68
Messier 68
Credit: NASA, ESA

M68 (NGC 4590)

Messier 68 (NGC 4590) is a globular cluster located in the constellation Hydra, in the Galactic Center of the Milky Way Galaxy in the Local Group of galaxies. M68 is 33,600 light years away from Earth.

M68 is best viewed during late spring, is magnitude 9.7, and can be viewed with small telescope. M68 is 11' 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 4590
      1. Magnitude:
      2. 9.7
      1. Viewing:
      2. small telescope
      1. Size:
      2. 11'
      1. Distance (light years):
      2. 33,600 LY
      1. RA:
      2. 12h 39.5m
      1. Dec:
      2. -26 45'
      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.