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Sep 24 - Oct 23
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Messier 15 ()

Messier object number 15 (NGC 7078) is a globular star cluster and in the constellation of Winged Horse. It is also known as the . It is approximately 33,000 lightyears away from earth.
M15 is one of the most densely packed globular clusters in our Milky Way Galay, containing more than 100.000 stars. Still, it is hard to see with the naked eye, but makes for an excellent object to be viewed with binoculars. It was first discovered by Jean-Dominique Maraldi in the 18th century and subsequently included in his catalogue by Charles Messier. Scientists estimate its age to about 12 billion years, making it one of the oldest globular clusters in our Milkyway.
Right ascension
-2h -29m -59.47s (-37.49780°)
The magnitude (brightness) is measured on a logarithmic scale. Small numbers mean bright stars: A star with a brightness of 1 mag is 100 times brighter that an star with 6 mag.
7.5 mag
not in database
The distance is measured in light years (LY). A light year is the distance, that light travels within one year. 1 LJ is equal to about 5,878,630,000,000 miles.
33,00033,000 ly
not in database
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Every star belongs to a constellation, and 12 of those constellations are part of the zodiac.
Pegasus (Winged Horse)
Photograph of M15, showing the increasing star density towards the center.
Image credit: ESA, Hubble, NASA
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