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Spiral galaxy M96

Spiral galaxy M96 is in the constellation Leo (Leo).

M96

Equatorial coordinates (epoch J2000):
Ra 10h 46.8m, Dec +11° 49'

Visual magnitude: 9,2m
Distance to the galaxy M96 to the Sun is 34,3*106 light years
Angular size: 8'×5'
Class: Sbp (SBab)
External dimensions the galaxy M96 are about 76000 light years.
Estimated weight the galaxy: 80x109 suns

Discoverer: Pierre François André Méchain, 20.03.1781 year.

The designation M96 in other catalogs: NGC 3368

Optimum magnification for a telescope with observations of M96, 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 M96 is April.



Nikolay Kurdyapin, astro-map.com  
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