Displaying items by tag: Globular Cluster
NGC 2419, often called the Intergalactic Wanderer because of the 300,000 light years distance from our galaxy. Originally not thought to be gravitational bound to our galaxy, it now thought to be in orbit around our galaxy and takes about three billion years to complete one orbit. If not for its extreme distance, it would be one of the brightest globular clusters in the night sky, as it is one of the most massive globular clusters that orbit our galaxy.
Messier 15, one of the oldest globular clusters around our galaxy, estimated age of 12+ billion years, and a densely compacted core due to core collapse. M15 contains an estimated 100,000 stars. Imaged during first quarter Moon.
One of the best known northern hemisphere globular clusters containing around 300,000 stars. Globular clusters are are old objects and M13 is estimated to be around 11.5 billion years old based on the amount of heavy metal contents in its stars. Imaged just before a full Moon.
Messier 4 is a globular cluster located in the constellation of Scorpius. M4 is one of the nearer globular clusters at a distance of 7,200 light years. It was one of the first globular clusters to be resolved as a collection of stars by Charles Messier who added it to his catalog in 1764. A relative small globular cluster as it only contains 20,000+ plus stars. It may have had more stars in its past, but it's orbit takes it through the Milky Way's disk where it could loose stars due to gravitational interactions.
Globular cluster M92, less well known than the more famous M13, despite being one of the brightest globular clusters in the northern hemisphere. It is also estimated to b one of the oldest globular clusters at an estimated 14.2 billion years old.
Messier 13, the Great Globular cluster located in the constellation of Hercules. It is one of the brightest and best know globular clusters in the northern hemisphere. The cluster has a diameter of around 145 light years and contains about 300,000 stars.
Messier 3 is one of the largest, brightest globular cluster in the night sky. It contains an estimated 500,000 stars. Located in the constellation of Canes Venatici at a distance of 33,900 light years away from Earth. The cluster contains more than 274 variables stars, with most of them being the RR Lyrae type of variable.
M15 is a globular cluster located in the constellation of Pegasus. It consists of an estimated 100,000 stars and has a very dense central core having undergoing a core collapse where stars migrate towards the center. It's age is estimated at 12 billion years and is located 33,600 light years away.
Cataloged by Charles Messier in 1764 in his catalog of comet like objects.
Imaged with the ES127 refractor and Atik314L+ mono ccd camera.
M4 is one of the closer globular clusters to Earth at only 7,200 light years away. Located in the constellation of Scorpius, not far from the red super giant star Antares. It is distinguished by an optical bar of stars running through the central part of the core. A relative small globular as globular clusters go with only ten's of thousands stars, it may have been more massive in its past as it's orbit takes it through the Milky Way disk, where it loses stars due to tidal shock.
Imaged with the ES 127 refractor and the Atik 314l+ ccd camera.
Nicknamed the Intergalactic Wanderer because it was originally thought not to be in orbit around the Milky Way galaxy. The globular cluster is located 300,000 light years the galactic center, which is further away than the Large and Small Magellanic satellite galaxies of the Milky Way galaxy. If not for the extreme distance, it would be one of the larger, brightest globular clusters visible. It is estimated it takes 3 billion years to complete an orbit around our galaxy.