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Messier 66 (Leo Triplet) - Spiral Galaxy in Leo

Messier 66 is a Spiral Galaxy in the Leo constellation. Messier 66 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.

Messier 66
Galaxy
Leo
  • Messier 66 is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]. See also rise and set times.
  • Given its visual magnitude of 8.92, Messier 66 is visible with the help of a binocular with a 60-70mm aperture or a small telescope.
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Photometric information of Messier 66

The following table lists the magnitude of Messier 66 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).

9.65
8.92
6.84
6.15
5.88

For more information about photometry in astronomy, check the photometric system article on Wikipedia.

The surface brightess reported below is an indication of the brightness per unit of angular area of Messier 66.

22.96 mag/arcsec2

Apparent size of Messier 66

The following table reports Messier 66 apparent angular size. The green area displayed on top of the DSS2 image of Messier 66 is a visual representation of it.
10.28 arcmin
4.61 arcmin
168°

Digitized Sky Survey image of Messier 66

The image below is a photograph of Messier 66 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 0.34266666666667x0.34266666666667 degrees (20.56x20.56 arcmins).

Image of Messier 66 (Leo Triplet) - Spiral Galaxy in Leo star
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DSS2 image of Messier 66 in the Red band. The green region on the image is a representation of the major (10.28 arcmin) and minor (4.61 arcmin) axes of the object's apparent size.

Messier 66 (Leo Triplet) - Spiral Galaxy in Leo morphological classification

Messier 66 (Leo Triplet) - Spiral Galaxy in Leo is classified as Spiral (SAb) according to the Hubble and de Vaucouleurs galaxy morphological classification. The diagram below shows a visual representation of the position of Messier 66 (Leo Triplet) - Spiral Galaxy in Leo in the Hubble de Vaucouleurs sequence.

Messier 66 (Leo Triplet) - Spiral Galaxy in Leo
Visualization of the morphological classification of Messier 66 (Leo Triplet) - Spiral Galaxy in Leo, Spiral (SAb).
Credits for the background image: Antonio Ciccolella / M. De Leo / CC BY

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of Messier 66

Celestial coordinates for the J2000 equinox of Messier 66 are provided in the following table:

11h 20m 15s
+12° 59’ 29”

The simplified sky charts below show the position of Messier 66 in the sky. The first chart has a field of view of 60° while the second one has a field of view of 10°.

Finder chart Messier 66 (Leo Triplet) - Spiral Galaxy in Leo star
Simplified finder chart for Messier 66 (Leo Triplet) - Spiral Galaxy in Leo.

Finder chart Messier 66 (Leo Triplet) - Spiral Galaxy in Leo star
Simplified finder chart for Messier 66 (Leo Triplet) - Spiral Galaxy in Leo.

Rise ans set times of Messier 66 from your location

Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
Latitude: 51° 28’ 47” N
Longitude: 0° 00’ 00” E
Timezone: Europe/London

Today's Messier 66 (Leo Triplet) - Spiral Galaxy in Leo rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 77.0°
Max altitude: 51.5°
Azimuth: 283.0°
Messier 66 (Leo Triplet) - Spiral Galaxy in Leo is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom