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C78

NGC 6541

Proper NameNone
Messier NumberNone
NGC/IC NumberNGC 6541
Other DesignationsN/A
ConstellationCorona Australis
Right Ascension18h 09m 02s
Declination-43° 42' 54"
Distancec.22,800 light years
c.7,000 parsecs
MagnitudeApparent: +6.3
Absolute: -8.4
DiameterApparent: 13' 06"
Actual: c.50 light years
Optimum VisibilityAugust
NotesThis globular cluster in the southern sky is an ancient and densely populated grouping of stars some fifteen light years in diameter.
The globular cluster C78

The dense and ancient globular cluster C78 or NGC 6541 lies in Corona Australis near the tail of Scorpius the Scorpion. Speckled by old red-orange stars, the cluster is thought to be some 12.9 billion years old.

C78 (or NGC 6541) is a Globular Cluster of stars - its distance of 23,000 light years from Earth, and its closeness to the Galactic Meridian, mean that it lies in the region of the Galaxy's core.

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