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The Great Globular Cluster in Hercules (also known as the Hercules Globular Cluster, Messier Object 13, Messier 13, M13, or NGC 6205) is a globular cluster in the Hercules constellation at right ascension 16h 41.7m and declination +36° 28'.
It was discovered by Edmond Halley in 1714, and catalogued by Charles Messier on June 1, 1764.
With an apparent magnitude of 5.8, it is barely visible with the naked eye on a very clear night. Its real diameter is about 145 light-years, and it is composed of several hundred thousand stars, the brightest of which is the variable star V11 with an apparent magnitude of 11.95. M13 is 25,100 light-years away from Earth.
Its diameter is about 23 arc minutes and it is readily viewable in small telescopes. Nearby is NGC 6207, a 12th magnitude edge-on galaxy that lies 28 arc minutes directly north east. The J2000 coordinates are RA: 16h 41m 41.5s and Dec: +36° 27' 37". IC 4617 is a small galaxy that lies half-way between NGC 6207 and M13, North-northeast of the large globular's center.
The Arecibo message of 1974 was transmitted toward this globular cluster. The reason was that with a higher star density the chances of a life harboring planet, with intelligent life forms, were higher.
From Wikipedia
Bagged by: Martin Crow
Method: 80mm Equinox Ed Refractor @ f6 with Canon 400D
Details: Taken at BAA Winchester Weekend
Bagged by: Simon Dawes
Method: ED80 and Canon 400D DSLR
Details: Taken at Kelling Heath Star Party 2010
Bagged by: Simon Dawes
Method: Vixen 12" Newtonian, Artemis CCD
Details: Taken in light polluted Bexleyheath (no Filters)
Bagged by: Martin Crow
Method: 80mm Equinox Ed Refractor @ f6 with Canon 400D, 8x 60s
Details: Taken at Kelling Heath

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