M79 Globular Star Cluster


M79 Globular Star Cluster

M79 is a globular star cluster in located in Lepus. M79 was discovered by Mechain in October 1780, and by Charles Messier in December 1780. It is the only Messier object in the constellation Lepus. This is one of the few globular star clusters that are visible in the winter sky. This globular cluster is located about 19 degrees south of the Orion Nebula. M79 is about 50,000 light-years away and is about 110 light-years in diameter. Rated at magnitude 7.7, it is an extremely compressed globular.

This is a composite RGB CCD image taken with a Takahashi FCT-150 telescope. The CCD camera was an SBIG STL-11000M. This image was taken from my backyard in Scottsdale, Arizona.

M79 (NGC 1904)
Constellation: Lepus
RA: 05h 24m 31s Dec: -24d 31' 05"
January 12, 16, 18 & 19, 2008
Image by Sid Leach
Scottsdale, Arizona

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