NGC 2419 is often called the "Intergalactic Wanderer" because of its
very remote distance from our galaxy (in excess of 250,000 light years
away). It could very well be that this cluster some how attained an
escape velocity and has left the gravitational confines of our Milky Way. The
view looking back at us must be remarkable. This cluster is intrinsically
quite bright and if it was at the same distance as famous clusters like
M5 it would
outshine them! However, the reality is that this cluster only hints at
its blazing glory with the aid of sensitive CCD cameras and telescopes.
|L R G B color production was used to create this image.||
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