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NGC 1261

Proper NameNone
Caldwell NumberC87
NGC/IC NumberNGC 1261
Right Ascension3h 12m 16s
Declination-55° 12' 58"
Distancec.53,500 light years
c.16,400 parsecs
MagnitudeApparent: +8.3
Absolute: -7.8
DiameterApparent: 6' 48"
Actual: c.105 light years
Optimum VisibilityNovember (Usually visible from southern latitudes)
NotesC87 is a dense globular cluster lying far outside the plane of the Milky Way, early sixty million light years from the Galaxy's Core. Its position within the sparse southern constellation of Horologium places it on an almost direct line of sight from Earth to a field of more distant galaxies far beyond the cluster.


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