The globular star cluster Messier 107

The globular cluster Messier 107, also known as NGC 6171, is located about 21 000 light-years away in the constellation of Ophiuchus. Messier 107 is about 13 arcminutes across, which corresponds to about 80 light-years at its distance. As is typical of globular clusters, a population of thousands of old stars in Messier 107 is densely concentrated into a volume that is only about twenty times the distance between our Sun and its nearest stellar neighbour, Alpha Centauri, across. This image was created from exposures taken through blue, green and near-infrared filters, using the Wide Field Imager (WFI) on the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope at La Silla Observatory, Chile.

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ESO/ESO Imaging Survey

About the Image

Id:eso1048a
Type:Observation
Release date:8 December 2010, 12:00
Related releases:eso1048
Size:7830 x 7134 px

About the Object

Name:M 107
Type:Local Universe : Star : Grouping : Cluster : Globular
Distance:20000 light years
Constellation:Ophiuchus
Category:Star Clusters

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Coordinates

Position (RA):16 32 31.89
Position (Dec):-13° 3' 14.03"
Field of view:31.04 x 28.28 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 90.1° left of vertical

 

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