Messier 5. NGC 5904

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Messier 5 is one of the 29 globular clusters included by Charles Messier in his famous catalog. It contains at least 100,000 stars and has a magnitude of +6.65. Discovered by the German astronomer Gottfried Kirch in 1702, Messier included it in his catalog as late as 1764 and, as usual due to the telescope he had, he described it as a “cloud without stars”.

This cluster contains 105 variable stars, of which as many as 97 are RR Lyrae type. This cluster is well over 12 billion years old and all the blue stars visible in it are “blue stragglers” (young stars formed by collision between two or more old stars) or stars captured by it.

Additional Information


Name(s): Messier 5. M 5. NGC 5904

Type: Globular Cluster

RA:  15h 18m 32s

Dec: +02º 04’ 59”

Constellation: Serpens

Size (arcmin): 20×20 arcmin

Magnitude: +6.65

Distance: 24,500 ly


Date: 2020-03-07 to 2020/04/29

Location: Curiosity2 Observatory, New Mexico Skies, Mayhill, NM, USA

Size (arcmin): 21×21 arcmin

Telescope: 24” (61 cm) f/6.5 Reflector

Camera: FLI PL16803 (4096x4096pix)

Guiding: Astrodon MonsterMOAG off-axis guider

Total exposure: 12h 45m (L: 5h; RGB: 7h45m)

Processing: CCDStack, Photoshop CC 2020

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