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NGC 6402

Proper NameNone
Messier NumberM14
NGC/IC NumberNGC 6402
Right Ascension17h 37m 36s
Declination-3° 14' 45"
Distancec.30,300 light years
c.9,300 parsecs
MagnitudeApparent: +7.59
Absolute: -7.25
DiameterApparent: 11'
Actual: 97 light years
Optimum VisibilityJune / July
NotesA globular cluster lying on the band of the Milky Way as it passes through Ophiuchus, M14 is one of a number of such clusters to be found within that constellation. It contains hundreds of thousands of stars within an approximately spherical region a little under one hundred light years across.

Imagery provided by Aladin sky atlas

A globular cluster in the constellation Ophiuchus. It lies in the central regions of the Galaxy, but somewhat outside the plane of the Milky Way<.

Relative Galactic Position of M14

M!14 is an extragalactic globular cluster that lies relatively close to our Galaxy's core, but is very distant from Earth at more than 30,000 light years.


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