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Messier 73
Messier 73
Credit: NASA, ESA

M73 (NGC 6994)

Messier 73 (NGC 6994) is an asterism located in the constellation Aquarius, in the Orion Arm of the Milky Way Galaxy in the Local Group of galaxies. M73 is 2,500 light years away from Earth.

M73 is best viewed during early spring, is magnitude 9, and can be viewed with binoculars. M73 is 2.8' in apparent size. For reference, the full moon is 30' (arc minutes) in size.

      1. Name:
      1. Type:
      2. asterism
      1. NGC or IC:
      2. NGC 6994
      1. Magnitude:
      2. 9
      1. Viewing:
      2. binoculars
      1. Size:
      2. 2.8'
      1. Distance (light years):
      2. 2,500 LY
      1. RA:
      2. 20h 59.0m
      1. Dec:
      2. -12 3'
      1. Season:
      2. early spring
      1. Milky Way location:
      2. Orion Arm
      1. Galaxy group:
      2. Local Group

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