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NGC 6838

Proper NameNone
Messier NumberM71
NGC/IC NumberNGC 6838
Right Ascension19h 53m 46s
Declination+18° 46' 45"
Distancec.13,000 light years
c.4,000 parsecs
MagnitudeApparent: +8.18
Absolute: -4.83
DiameterApparent: 7' 12"
Actual: c.27 light years
Optimum VisibilityJuly / August
NotesA globular cluster in Sagitta, within the plane of the Milky Way Galaxy. M71 is notable for the loose arrangement of its stars; it is far less compact and distinctively globular than most clusters of its kind, and this fact meant that for many years M71 was mistakenly classified as an open star cluster.

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