Messier 2, Globular Cluster

Messier 2. Image Credit: NASA/ESA Hubble
Messier 2: Messier 2 is one of the largest and densest globular clusters known. If it weren’t for its distance of around 37,500 light years, it would have been far more well known. Containing 150,000 stars in an area of 150 light years, Messier 2 is a class 2 cluster with class 1 being the densest possible classification. Like most globular clusters, Messier 2 is 8 billion years old; almost as old as the universe itself. Messier 2 also lies far outside the plane of our galaxy, meaning that when you’re looking at Messier 2, you’re looking beyond our galaxy instead of into it. To find Messier 2, look between Pegasus and Aquarius. Scan the area with your binoculars or finderscope, and you’ll find a fuzzy blur. This is Messier 2. With medium to large sized telescopes, Messier 2’s many stars will begin to resolve!

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