Messier 24 (Small Sagittarius Star Cloud) - Association of Stars in Sagittarius
Messier 24 is a Association of Stars in the Sagittarius constellation. Messier 24 is situated close to the celestial equator and, as such, it is at least partly visible from both hemispheres in certain times of the year.
See also Messier 24 rise and set times.
Given its visual magnitude of 4.5, Messier 24 is barely visible to the naked eye, easily visible with the help of a small binocular.
Photometric information of Messier 24
The following table lists the magnitude of Messier 24 in different bands of the electomagnetic spectrum (when available), from the B band (445nm wavelength, corresponding to the Blue color), to the V band ( 551nm wavelength, corresponding to Green/Yellow color), to the J, H, K bands (corresponding to 1220nm, 1630nm, 2190nm wavelengths respectively, which are colors not visible to the human eye).
For more information about photometry in astronomy, check the photometric system article on Wikipedia.
Apparent size of Messier 24The following table reports Messier 24 apparent angular size. The green area displayed on top of the DSS2 image of Messier 24 is a visual representation of it.
Digitized Sky Survey image of Messier 24
The image below is a photograph of Messier 24 from the Digitized Sky Survey 2 (DSS2 - see the credits section) taken in the red channel. The area of sky represented in the image is 4x4 degrees (240x240 arcmins).
Celestial coordinates and finder chart of Messier 24
Celestial coordinates for the J2000 equinox of Messier 24 are provided in the following table:
The simplified sky charts below show the position of Messier 24 in the sky. The first chart has a field of view of 60° while the second one has a field of view of 10°.
Rise ans set times of Messier 24 from your location
Today's Messier 24 (Small Sagittarius Star Cloud) - Association of Stars in Sagittarius rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):