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NGC 6266

Proper NameNone
Messier NumberM62
NGC/IC NumberNGC 6266
Right Ascension17h 1m 13s
Declination-30° 6' 45"
Distancec.22,200 light years
c.6,800 parsecs
MagnitudeApparent: +6.4
Absolute: -7.7
DiameterApparent: 15'
Actual: 97 light years
Optimum VisibilityJune
NotesOne of the most massive globular clusters orbiting the Milky Way Galaxy, M62 is unusually dense with stars and almost perfectly spherical in form. There are some indications that the cluster may contain a moderate black hole within its central regions.

Imagery provided by Aladin sky atlas

One of a broad collection of Globular Clusters grouped in the constellation Ophiuchus. It seems to be rather denser and more concentrated than its neighbouring clusters.


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