Messier 62, Globular Cluster

Messier 62: The globular cluster Messier 62 is quite dense, landing in the fourth densest category of globular clusters. With 150,000 stars, M62 shines at a magnitude of 7.39. While this is dimmer than the naked eye can see, this cluster can be seen as a fuzzy patch in binoculars. M62 also holds the first black hole found in a Milky Way globular cluster. The overall shape of Messier 62 is distorted because it is located very close to the center of the Milky Way. It is no coincidence then, that Messier 62 appears near the bulkiest part of the Milky way from Earth’s skies. To first find it, find the bright star Antares in the constellation Scorpius. Then scan East until you find a fuzzy patch in your finder scope or binoculars. This is M62. With medium to large scopes in dark skies, you will be able to resolve some of the outer stars in the cluster, however, big scopes will be required to resolve the whole cluster.

Messier 62. Image Credit: NASA, Hubble Space Telescope

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