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Messier 96
Messier 96
Credit: NASA, ESA

M96 (NGC 3368)

Messier 96 (NGC 3368) is a spiral galaxy located in the constellation Leo in the Leo I Group of galaxies. M96 is 31,000,000 light years away from Earth.

M96 is best viewed during early spring, is magnitude 10, and can be viewed with small telescope. M96 is 7.6' x 5.2' in apparent size. For reference, the full moon is 30' (arc minutes) in size.

      1. Name:
      1. Type:
      2. spiral galaxy
      1. Constellation:
      2. Leo
      1. NGC or IC:
      2. NGC 3368
      1. Magnitude:
      2. 10
      1. Viewing:
      2. small telescope
      1. Size:
      2. 7.6' x 5.2'
      1. Distance (light years):
      2. 31,000,000 LY
      1. RA:
      2. 10h 46.7m
      1. Dec:
      2. 11 49'
      1. Season:
      2. early spring
      1. Galaxy group:
      2. Leo I Group

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