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Messier 2
Messier 2
Credit: NASA, ESA

M2 (NGC 7089)

Messier 2 (NGC 7089) is a globular cluster located in the constellation Aquarius, in the Galactic Center of the Milky Way Galaxy in the Local Group of galaxies. M2 is 55,000 light years away from Earth.

M2 is best viewed during early spring, is magnitude 6.3, and can be viewed with binoculars. M2 is 16' in apparent size. For reference, the full moon is 30' (arc minutes) in size.

      1. Name:
      1. Type:
      2. globular cluster
      1. NGC or IC:
      2. NGC 7089
      1. Magnitude:
      2. 6.3
      1. Viewing:
      2. binoculars
      1. Size:
      2. 16'
      1. Distance (light years):
      2. 55,000 LY
      1. RA:
      2. 21h 33.5m
      1. Dec:
      2. -0 49'
      1. Season:
      2. early spring
      1. Milky Way location:
      2. Galactic Center
      1. Galaxy group:
      2. Local Group
      1. Contains:
      2. 150,000 stars

    * The naked eye can see up to magnitude 8 objects under ideal dark sky conditions.