Wild Duck Cluster (M11, NGC 6705)
One of the richest and most compact known open
clusters, with an estimated 2,900 stars, about 500 of which are brighter
than magnitude 14. A planet at the center of M11 would have a remarkable
night sky filled with several hundred first magnitude stars. The Wild Duck
Cluster lies in the constellation Scutum. It
was discovered in 1681 by the German astronomer Gottfried Kirch of the Berlin
Observatory and is believed to be about 250 million years old.
||6,000 light-years (1,800 pc)
||R.A. 18h 51.1m, Dec. -06° 16'
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