The Messier 56 is a globular cluster in the constellation Lyra. M56 is at a distance of about 32,900[3] light-years from Earth and measures roughly 84 light-years across, with a combined mass some 230,000 times that of the Sun. It is about 31–32 kly (9.5–9.8 kpc) from the Galactic Center and 4.8 kly (1.5 kpc) above the galactic plane. This cluster has an estimated age of 13.70 billion years and is following a retrograde orbit through the Milky Way. The properties of this cluster suggest that it may have been acquired during the merger of a dwarf galaxy, of which Omega Centauri forms the surviving nucleus.
Equipment: Exposure details: Location:
Telescope: RCOS 12.5 Open Truss
Mount: Paramount Me
Camera: SBIG STL-11000M
Filters: Baader LRGB
Luminance: 9x10min
Red: 6x10min
Green: 6x10min
Blue: 6x10min
Rachia, Veroia, Greece
N 40o29'00.0" - E 22o12'55.0"
28 June 2012
Image details:
Acquisition: MaxImDL Reduction/stacking: CCDStack RGB weights: Aladin/eXcalibrator
RGB combine: CCDStack LRGB creation: Photoshop CS3
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