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Anne’s Image of the Day: Globular Cluster Messier 92

19 Apr 2014, 12:28 UTC
Anne’s Image of the Day: Globular Cluster Messier 92
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April 19, 2014 Messier 92, a globular cluster in Hercules Image Credits: NASA, ESA, the Hubble Heritage Team and WikiSky’s snapshot tool Messier 92 (also known as NGC 6341) is a globular star cluster of some 109 light-years across. It is located about 26,700 light-years away from Earth in the northern constellation of Hercules, around [continue reading]

April 19, 2014
Messier 92, a globular cluster in Hercules

Image Credits: NASA, ESA, the Hubble Heritage Team and WikiSky’s snapshot tool
Messier 92 (also known as NGC 6341) is a globular star cluster of some 109 light-years across. It is located about 26,700 light-years away from Earth in the northern constellation of Hercules, around 16,000 light-years above the Galactic Plane and 33,000 light-years from the Galactic Center. This cluster is approaching us at 112 kilometers per second.
Its age is estimated at 14.2 ± 1.2 billion years(!!), or roughly the age of the Universe. Messier 92 is one of the oldest globulars known and one of the brightest globular clusters in the northern hemisphere. Messier 92 has a mass of roughly 330,000 times the mass of our Sun.
Characteristic of globular clusters, Messier 92 has a very low abundance of elements other ...

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