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Messier 71
Messier 71
Credit: NASA, ESA

M71 (NGC 6838)

Messier 71 (NGC 6838) is a globular cluster located in the constellation Sagitta, in the Galactic Center of the Milky Way Galaxy in the Local Group of galaxies. M71 is 13,000 light years away from Earth.

M71 is best viewed during early spring, is magnitude 6.1, and can be viewed with binoculars. M71 is 7.2' 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 6838
      1. Magnitude:
      2. 6.1
      1. Viewing:
      2. binoculars
      1. Size:
      2. 7.2'
      1. Distance (light years):
      2. 13,000 LY
      1. RA:
      2. 19h 53.8m
      1. Dec:
      2. 18 47'
      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.