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C79

NGC 3201

Proper NameNone
Caldwell NumberC79
NGC/IC NumberNGC 3201
ConstellationVela
Right Ascension10h 18m 28s
Declination-46° 31' 1"
Distancec.16,300 light years
c.5,000 parsecs
MagnitudeApparent: +6.8
Absolute: -6.7
DiameterApparent: 20'
Actual: 93 light years
Optimum VisibilityMarch (Usually visible from southern latitudes)
NotesC79 lies far out across the Galactic disc from the Sun, and is receding at an unsually high velocity, approaching 500 km/s. The motion of one of its stars seems to reveal the existence of a black hole within a binary system, the only such object to be discovered, to date, within a globular cluster.

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