|M53 is relatively lonely in the constellation of Coma Berenices. The nearby neighbor
M3 is often
observed instead. However this cluster deserves a brief visit in the telescope
at least once. Although dim in appearence, this cluster is actually quite large
at 250 light years in diameter. Its faintness and small size are attributed to
its remote distance of 60,000 light years.
|L R G B color production was used to create this image.||
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