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Messier 77
Messier 77 Cetus A
Credit: NASA, ESA

M77 (NGC 1068) - Cetus A

Messier 77 (NGC 1068), also known as the Cetus A, is a spiral galaxy located in the constellation Cetus in the M77 Group of galaxies. M77 is 47,000,000 light years away from Earth.

M77 is best viewed during early spring, is magnitude 9.6, and can be viewed with small telescope. M77 is 7' x 6' in apparent size. For reference, the full moon is 30' (arc minutes) in size.

      1. Name:
      2. Cetus A
      1. Type:
      2. spiral galaxy
      1. NGC or IC:
      2. NGC 1068
      1. Magnitude:
      2. 9.6
      1. Viewing:
      2. small telescope
      1. Size:
      2. 7' x 6'
      1. Distance (light years):
      2. 47,000,000 LY
      1. RA:
      2. 2h 42.7m
      1. Dec:
      2. -9 2'
      1. Season:
      2. early spring
      1. Galaxy group:
      2. M77 Group

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