Credits: Keith Turnecliff, Long Itchington
Messier 73 (M73) is an asterism formed by four physically unrelated stars located in the southern constellation Aquarius. M73 has an apparent magnitude of 9 and lies at an approximate distance of 2,500 light years from Earth. It has the designation NGC 6994 in the New General Catalogue. The four stars that form the Y-shaped asterism only appear close to each other in the sky because they are located along the same line of sight when seen from Earth.
Facts about M73 by Keith Turnecliff
The stars of M73 are quite faint and not easy to observe in 10×50 binoculars. Larger binoculars will reveal a dim point of light, while a 4-inch telescope will show the Y shape clearly. The best time of year to observe M73 is during the summer.