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Contains:  M 56, NGC 6779
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Messier 56, 


            Mark Spruce
Messier 56

Messier 56

Technical card

Resolution: 1383x1028

Dates:Oct. 3, 2016

Frames: 30x300"

Integration: 2.5 hours

Avg. Moon age: 2.26 days

Avg. Moon phase: 5.67% job: 3273160

RA center: 19h 16' 36"

DEC center: +30° 11' 6"

Pixel scale: 1.058 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 280.062 degrees

Field radius: 0.253

Data source: Backyard


Messier 56 - A globular cluster in the constellation Lyra. Discovered by Charles Messier on January 19, 1779.

It is at a distance of around 32,900 light-years from Earth and measures roughly 84 light-years in diameter, with a combined mass of approximately 230,000 times that of the Sun. The cluster has an estimated age of around 13.70 billion years. It is thought that this cluster may have been acquired during the merger of a dwarf galaxy, of which Omega Centauri forms the surviving nucleus.



Mark Spruce
License: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs Creative Commons


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Messier 56, 


            Mark Spruce