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Spiral galaxy M66

Spiral galaxy M66 is in the constellation Leo (Leo).


Equatorial coordinates (epoch J2000):
Ra 11h 20.2m, Dec +12° 59'

Visual magnitude: 9,0m
Distance to the galaxy M66 to the Sun is 32,8*106 light years
Angular size: 9'×4'
Class: Sb
External dimensions the galaxy M66 are about 87000 light years.

Discoverer: Pierre François André Méchain, 01.03.1780 year.

The designation M66 in other catalogs: NGC 3627

Optimum magnification for a telescope with observations of M66, depending on the aperture of the telescope (D), is about D/6-D/3. Higher magnifications of course add details, but lead to a strong drop in the brightness of the image, making it difficult to observe.
The best month for observing M66 is April.

Nikolay Kurdyapin,  
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