Messier 102 – The Spindle Galaxy

The Spindle Galaxy Messier 102
The Spindle Galaxy Messier 102 in March 2020

Messier 102

M102 is one of the most recent additions, or corrections, to the Messier Catalog.

Due to some sloppy book keeping, this was considered a duplicate entry for Messier 101 up until 2017 when Nasa identified that galaxy NGC 5866 was the most likely candidate Messier was trying to identify.

Capture details for Messier 102

Skymap for M102/NGC 5866

Frames: 12×180″
Integration: 0.6 hours
Avg. Moon age: 6.48 days
Avg. Moon phase: 40.50%

Astrometry.net job: 3372430
RA center: 15h 5′ 46″
DEC center: +55° 50′ 45″
Pixel scale: 0.718 arcsec/pixel
Orientation: 121.228 degrees
Field radius: 0.354 degrees

Full capture details on Astrobin

Past photos of Messier 102

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