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NGC 6254

Proper NameNone
Messier NumberM10
NGC/IC NumberNGC 6254
Right Ascension16h 57m 9s
Declination-4° 6' 1"
Distancec.14,400 light years
c.4,400 parsecs
MagnitudeApparent: +6.6
Absolute: -6.6
DiameterApparent: 19'
Actual: 84 light years
Optimum VisibilityJune
NotesMessier 10 is a globular cluster that orbits the Milky Way Galaxy over a period of some 140 million years, and at present it lies more than 14,000 light years from the Sun in the direction of the constellation Ophiuchus. The entire cluster is more than eighty light years across, with its denser core having a diameter of some thirty-five light years.

A loose Globular Cluster, one of several in the constellation Ophiuchus. It lies some 14,000 light years from the Solar System.

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