|M79 is kind of a pathetic globular cluster- I say this
with emotion based on its appearance compared to other Messier Globular
clusters. However the winter sky has little to offer in terms of these
clusters- M79 is just about it. These clusters orbit the center of the galaxy
and the winter sky (towards Orion) is in the opposite direction. There
is a good reason that M79 is so dim- it is located approximately 41,000 light
years away and is one of the few that exists outside the orbit of the Sun.
Due to its southern location and distance it is very difficult to
appreciate visually through a telescope. CCD images such as this begin to reveal
the true nature and beauty of this sphere of stars.
|L R G B color production was used to create this image.||
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