Messier 55 - Globular Cluster in Sagittarius
Messier 55 is a Globular Cluster in the Sagittarius constellation. Messier 55 is situated south of the celestial equator and, as such, it is more easily visible from the southern hemisphere.
See also Messier 55 rise and set times.
Given its visual magnitude of 6.49, Messier 55 is easily visible with the help of a small binocular.
Photometric information of Messier 55
The following table lists the magnitude of Messier 55 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 55The following table reports Messier 55 apparent angular size. The green area displayed on top of the DSS2 image of Messier 55 is a visual representation of it.
Digitized Sky Survey image of Messier 55
The image below is a photograph of Messier 55 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 0.4x0.4 degrees (24x24 arcmins).
Celestial coordinates and finder chart of Messier 55
Celestial coordinates for the J2000 equinox of Messier 55 are provided in the following table:
The simplified sky charts below show the position of Messier 55 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 55 from your location
Today's Messier 55 - Globular Cluster in Sagittarius rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):