Messier Index/M53

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Messier 53
Messier 53 by w:Hubble Space Telescope; 3.5′ view
Credit: w:NASA/w:STScI/w:WikiSky
Observation data (w:J2000 epoch)
ConstellationComa Berenices
Right ascension13h 12m 55.3s[1]
Declination+18° 10′ 09″[1]
Distance58 kly[citation needed] (18 kpc)
Apparent magnitude (V)+8.33[1]
Apparent dimensions (V)13.0′[citation needed]
Physical characteristics
Masskg ( M)
Other designationsM53, NGC 5024, GCl 22[1]

Messier 53 (also known as M53, or NGC 5024) is a w:globular cluster in the w:Coma Berenices constellation. It was discovered by w:Johann Elert Bode in w:1775. M53 is one of the more outlying globular clusters, being about 60,000 w:light-years away from the w:Galactic Center, and almost the same distance (about 58,000 light-years) from the w:Solar system.

External links


  1. a b c d "SIMBAD Astronomical Database". Results for NGC 5024. Retrieved 2006-11-16.