Messier 68 - Globular Cluster in Hydra
Messier 68 is a Globular Cluster in the Hydra constellation. Messier 68 is situated south of the celestial equator and, as such, it is more easily visible from the southern hemisphere.
See also Messier 68 rise and set times.
Given its visual magnitude of 7.96, Messier 68 is visible with the help of a binocular with a 40-50mm aperture or a small telescope.
Photometric information of Messier 68
The following table lists the magnitude of Messier 68 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 68The following table reports Messier 68 apparent angular size. The green area displayed on top of the DSS2 image of Messier 68 is a visual representation of it.
Digitized Sky Survey image of Messier 68
The image below is a photograph of Messier 68 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 0.5x0.5 degrees (30x30 arcmins).
Celestial coordinates and finder chart of Messier 68
Celestial coordinates for the J2000 equinox of Messier 68 are provided in the following table:
The simplified sky charts below show the position of Messier 68 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 68 from your location
Today's Messier 68 - Globular Cluster in Hydra rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):