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Thursday 17th of October

M92 Globular Cluster
Next up is another fine globular cluster, M92. Burnham noted that if M92 were located in any other constellation, it would be considered a showpiece. Instead, it plays second fiddle to M13.

Messier 92 is a globular cluster of stars in the northern constellation of Hercules. M92 is one of the brighter globular clusters in the northern hemisphere, but it is often overlooked by amateur astronomers because of its proximity to the even more spectacular Messier 13. It is visible to the naked eye under very good conditions.

M92 is at a distance of about 26,700 light-years away from Earth. Among the Milky Way population of globular clusters, Messier 92 is among the brighter clusters in terms of absolute magnitude.

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