M2 (NGC 7089)
M2 lies 5° north of the star Beta Aquarii and is easily visible through binoculars or small telescopes as a fuzzy patch. Larger telescopes will resolve individual stars, of which the brightest are of apparent magnitude 13.1.
M2 is among the largest and, with an estimated age of 13 billion years, among the oldest globular clusters in the Milky Way. It is highly concentrated, significantly elliptical and contains about 150,000 stars, the brightest of which are red and yellow giants.
Related categories• NEBULAE AND STAR CLUSTERS
• MESSIER CATALOGUE
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