M9 Globular Star Cluster


M9 Globular Star Cluster

M9 is a 7.8 magnitude small globular star cluster in Ophiuchus. It is one of the nearer globular clusters. The star cluster is located about 26,000 light-years way from us. It is speeding away from us at a speed of about 134 miles per second. M9 was discovered by Charles Messier in May 1764. M10, M12 and M14 were all found by Messier within the next few nights.

This is a composite RGB CCD image taken with a Takahashi FCT-150 telescope. The CCD camera was an SBIG ST-8XE using a CFW-8 color filter wheel. This image was taken from my backyard in Scottsdale, Arizona.

M9 (NGC 6333).
Constellation: Ophiuchus
RA: 17h 19m 37s Dec: -18d 31' 33"
April 12, 2006
Image by Sid Leach
Scottsdale, Arizona

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