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Messier M78

M78 (NGC 2068) is a diffuse nebula located within the constellation Orion, in the Orion Arm of the Milky Way Galaxy. in the Local Group of galaxies.

M78 is best viewed during winter, is magnitude 8.0*, and can be viewed with binoculars. It is 8 x 6' in size. For reference, the full moon is 30' (arc minutes) in size.

      1. Name:
      1. Type:
      2. diffuse nebula
      1. NGC:
      2. 2068
      1. Magnitude (m):
      2. 8.0
      1. Viewing:
      2. binoculars
      1. Size:
      2. 8 x 6'
      1. RA:
      2. 5h 46.8m
      1. Dec:
      2. 0 4'
      1. Season:
      2. winter
      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.



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