Messier 5: Globular Cluster

Messier 5. Image Credit: NASA, Hubble Heritage Team
Messier 5: Containing between 100 and 500 thousand stars, Messier 5 is a rather large and bright globular cluster. At class V in density, Messier 5 is similar in density to Messier 13 in Hercules. Although M13 is a more famous cluster, many agree that Messier 5 is even better. In addition to this, Messier 5 is visible to the naked eye as a fuzzy patch of light in dark skies. Messier 5 resides in the constellation Serpens and is also near Virgo and Libra. Scan between Virgo and Serpens and it won’t take long to spot M5 in binoculars or a finderscope as a fuzzy patch. When a telescope is applied to this cluster, it is easily recognized as a globular cluster. With small to medium sized telescopes, stars can easily be resolved, but a large telescope promises to amaze.

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