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Anne’s Image of the Day: Globular Cluster Messier 53

8 Mar 2014, 13:36 UTC
Anne’s Image of the Day: Globular Cluster Messier 53
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March 8, 2013 Messier 53, a bright globular cluster in Coma Berenices Image Credit: NASA/STScI/WikiSky Messier 53 (also known as NGC 5024) is a very bright globular cluster of roughly 220 light-years across, located about 58,000 light-years away from Earth in the northern constellation of Coma Berenices (Berenice’s Hair), and some 60,000 light-years away from [continue reading]

March 8, 2013
Messier 53, a bright globular cluster in Coma Berenices

Image Credit: NASA/STScI/WikiSky
Messier 53 (also known as NGC 5024) is a very bright globular cluster of roughly 220 light-years across, located about 58,000 light-years away from Earth in the northern constellation of Coma Berenices (Berenice’s Hair), and some 60,000 light-years away from the center of our Milky Way galaxy.
This globular cluster lies on the outer edges of the galaxy, where many other globulars are found (over 150 exist in the Milky Way), and can be easily found just 1 degree northeast of the 4th-magnitude star, 42 Alpha Comae Berenices (also known as Diadem), a binary star. It is estimated to be about 12.67 billion years old, and is approaching us between 59 and 115 kilometers per second.
Messier 53, with a total mass of about 82,600,000 solar masses, contains ...

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