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Messier 22
Messier 22 Sagittarius Cluster
Credit: NASA, ESA

M22 (NGC 6656) - Sagittarius Cluster

Messier 22 (NGC 6656), also known as the Sagittarius Cluster, is a globular cluster located in the constellation Sagittarius, in the Galactic Center of the Milky Way Galaxy in the Local Group of galaxies. M22 is 10,600 light years away from Earth.

M22 is best viewed during late summer, is magnitude 5.1, and can be viewed with naked eye (barely). M22 is 32' in apparent size. For reference, the full moon is 30' (arc minutes) in size.

      1. Name:
      2. Sagittarius Cluster
      1. Type:
      2. globular cluster
      1. NGC or IC:
      2. NGC 6656
      1. Magnitude:
      2. 5.1
      1. Viewing:
      2. naked eye (barely)
      1. Size:
      2. 32'
      1. Distance (light years):
      2. 10,600 LY
      1. RA:
      2. 18h 36.4m
      1. Dec:
      2. -29 54'
      1. Season:
      2. late summer
      1. Milky Way location:
      2. Galactic Center
      1. Galaxy group:
      2. Local Group

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