|Observation data (J2000 epoch)|
|Right ascension||08h 13.7m|
|Distance||1.5 kly (460 Pc)|
|Apparent magnitude (V)||5.5|
|Apparent dimensions (V)||54.0′|
|Estimated age||300 million years|
|Other designations||NGC 2548|
There is actually no cluster in the position indicated by Messier. The value that he gave for the right ascension matches that of NGC 2548, however, his declination is off by five degrees. Credit for discovery is sometimes given instead to Caroline Herschel in 1783.
M48 is visible to the naked eye under good atmospheric conditions. Its age is estimated to amount 300 million years.
- Messier 48, SEDS Messier pages
- Messier 48 on WikiSky: DSS2, SDSS, GALEX, IRAS, Hydrogen α, X-Ray, Astrophoto, Sky Map, Articles and images