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The globular cluster Messier 69

Short Object description:

The globular cluster M 69 in the constellation Sagittarius was discovered by Charles Messier on August 31, 1780. It is located at a distance of 30,000 light-years, seen from Earth 2,000 light-years "behind" and 5,200 light-years south of the galactic centre. The diameter of M 69 is about 60 light years, corresponding to an apparent diameter of 7 arc minutes in the sky. At 3'' (FWHM), the seeing was not outstanding.

A very detailed image of the cluster's centre was taken with the Hubble telescope and can be found on
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