Messier 74 - Spiral Galaxy
Messier 74 is a Spiral Galaxy in the Pisces constellation. Messier 74 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.
Photometric information of Messier 74
The following table lists the magnitude of Messier 74 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).
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The surface brightess reported below is an indication of the brightness per unit of angular area of Messier 74.
Apparent size of Messier 74The following table reports Messier 74 apparent angular size. The green area displayed on top of the DSS2 image of Messier 74 is a visual representation of it.
Digitized Sky Survey image of Messier 74
The image below is a photograph of Messier 74 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).
Messier 74 - Spiral Galaxy morphological classification
Messier 74 - Spiral Galaxy is classified as Spiral (SAc) according to the Hubble and de Vaucouleurs galaxy morphological classification. The diagram below shows a visual representation of the position of Messier 74 - Spiral Galaxy in the Hubble de Vaucouleurs sequence.
Celestial coordinates and finder chart of Messier 74
Celestial coordinates for the J2000 equinox of Messier 74 are provided in the following table:
The simplified sky charts below show the position of Messier 74 in the sky. The first chart has a field of view of 60° while the second one has a field of view of 10°.