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Melotte 34, NGC 1904

Proper NameNone
Messier NumberM79
NGC/IC NumberNGC 1904
Other DesignationsMelotte 34
Right Ascension5h 24m 11s
Declination-24° 31' 27"
Distancec.42,100 light years
c.12,900 parsecs
MagnitudeApparent: +7.73
Absolute: -7.82
DiameterApparent: 9.6'
Actual: 118 light years
Optimum VisibilityDecember / January

An enormously distant globular cluster in the constellation of Lepus, near its border with Columba. Messier 79 is thought to be approximately 42,000 light years from the Solar System, a distance comparable to the radius of the Galactic disc.

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