M53 - Globular Cluster

Teaser:
This beautiful cluster of stars can be found in the constellation of Coma Berenices at a distance of about 60,000 light years.
Priority:
Interesting
Month:
March
RA (J2000):
13:12:55.2
Dec (J2000):
+18:10:05.
Image:
Observing tips:
FTN - 5s exposure per filter (BVR); 1m telescopes - 10-15s exposure per filter (BVR)
Description:

Discovered in 1775, this is a fine example of a globular cluster, a spherical concentration of stars held together by gravity. Globular clusters are mainly found in the halo of our Galaxy, the Milky Way, and contain older populations of stars.

light_bulb.pngWhy not make a colour image of this object and use it to investigate the lifecycle of stars - you could even make a poster for your classroom - all the instructions are here

 

Visibility through March

M53 is visible from the LCO telescope sites throughout the month of March at the following times/dates (see https://lco.global/observatory/visibility/ for further details):

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Dates visible:
Mar 1 2017 - May 30 2017