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Sagittarius Star Cloud

Small Sagittarius Star Cloud, M24, IC 4715

Proper NamesSagittarius Star Cloud, Small Sagittarius Star Cloud
Messier NumberM24
NGC/IC NumberIC 4715
Right Ascension18h 19m 25s
Declination-18° 23' 25"
Distancec.9,400 light years
c.2,900 parsecs
MagnitudeApparent: +11.1
Absolute: -1.2
DiameterApparent: 90°
Actual: c.250 light years
These figures describe the average diameter of the aperture into the star cloud, as seen from Earth; the starfield beyond extends more than 10,000 light years into the heart of the Galaxy
Number of Starsc.1,000
Optimum VisibilityJuly
NotesThis 'star cloud' is not a true cluster, nor a distinct deep sky object of any kind, but a view into the densely starred regions of the inner Milky Way afforded by a patch of sky relatively free of obscuring gas and dust.