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Messier 9
Messier 9
Credit: NASA, ESA

M9 (NGC 6333)

Messier 9 (NGC 6333) is a globular cluster located in the constellation Ophiucus, in the Galactic Center of the Milky Way Galaxy in the Local Group of galaxies. M9 is 25,800 light years away from Earth.

M9 is best viewed during mid-summer, is magnitude 8, and can be viewed with binoculars. M9 is 9' 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 6333
      1. Magnitude:
      2. 8
      1. Viewing:
      2. binoculars
      1. Size:
      2. 9'
      1. Distance (light years):
      2. 25,800 LY
      1. RA:
      2. 17h 19.2m
      1. Dec:
      2. -18 31'
      1. Season:
      2. mid-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.