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Messier 79
Messier 79
Credit: NASA, ESA

M79 (NGC 1904)

Messier 79 (NGC 1904) is a globular cluster located in the constellation Lepus, in the Galactic Center of the Milky Way Galaxy in the Local Group of galaxies. M79 is 42,000 light years away from Earth.

M79 is best viewed during winter, is magnitude 8.7, and can be viewed with binoculars. M79 is 8.7' 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 1904
      1. Magnitude:
      2. 8.7
      1. Viewing:
      2. binoculars
      1. Size:
      2. 8.7'
      1. Distance (light years):
      2. 42,000 LY
      1. RA:
      2. 5h 24.5m
      1. Dec:
      2. -24 33'
      1. Season:
      2. winter
      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.