Messier 48 (also known as M 48 or NGC 2548) is an w:open cluster in the w:Hydra constellation. It was discovered by w:Charles Messier in w:1771. M48 is visible to the w:naked eye under good atmospheric conditions. Its age is estimated to amount 300 million years.
|Observation data (w:J2000 epoch)|
|Right ascension||08h 13.7m|
|Distance||1.5 kly (460 Pc)|
|Apparent magnitude (V)||5.5|
|Apparent dimensions (V)||54.0′|
|Other designations||NGC 2548|