M72 (NGC 6981)
A globular cluster in the constellation
Aquarius. It was discovered by Pierre Méchain
on Aug. 29, 1780. M72 is one of the more remote globulars included in the
Messier Catalogue, lying at a
distance from the Sun of about 53,000 light-years. It lacks a compact core
but is one of the most intrinsically bright objects of its type known.
| Image credit: NOAO/AURA/NSF
||~53,000 light-years (16,000 pc)
||R.A. 20h 53m 27.9,
Dec. -12° 32' 13.4"
||GCl 118, C 2050-127
AND STAR CLUSTERS