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I have a problem... what IS the "Leo Triplet"?

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I myself thought it was the triple galaxy system referred to as the M66 Triplet of M65, 66 and NGC 3628. Then, I also saw it referred to as M95, 96 and 105.

Confusing. I am guessing it is the first triplet. But I just thought I'd ask what you guys thought.
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Leo has two tripplets!

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As I understand it, "the Leo triplet" refers to the M66 group.

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I've seen both areas reffered to as Leo triplets, to me M65/66 and ngc3628 is thee Leo triplet.
I'd refer to the M96/96/105 and nearby galaxies as the the M96 group., but it is also another good triplet, so its up to you really.
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If my opinion was to be the one to make it "official", I'd be inclined to go for the M95, 96, 105 group, as they are technically easier to spot in a smaller instrument than the other one. The reason being that Charles Messier 'discovered' them in a rather poor refractor at the time - he caught all 3 of the M95 group.
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Then again Messier was looking for comet impersonators, ngc3628 is so elongated it doesn't look anything like a comet, so maybe he saw it and was happy he couldn't mistake it for a comet. :lol:
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Then again Messier was looking for comet impersonators, ngc3628 is so elongated it doesn't look anything like a comet, so maybe he saw it and was happy he couldn't mistake it for a comet. :lol:


I'd say if he saw it it would have been M111! :P
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