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C86

NGC 6397

Proper NameNone
Caldwell NumberC86
NGC/IC NumberNGC 6397
Other DesignationsNot applicable
ConstellationAra
Right Ascension17h 40m 42s
Declination-53° 40' 28"
Distance7,800 light years
2,400 parsecs
MagnitudeApparent: +5.7
Absolute: -6.1
DiameterApparent: 31'
Actual: 68 light years
Optimum VisibilityJune / July (Usually visible from southern latitudes)

Unusually, this Globular Cluster lies within the plane of the Milky Way. It is nearly eight thousand light years from the Sun.

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