Messier 19 or M19 (also designated NGC 6273) is a w:globular cluster in the w:constellation w:Ophiuchus. It was discovered by w:Charles Messier in w:1764 and added to his catalogue of w:comet-like objects that same year.
Messier 19 by Hubble Space Telescope; 2.5′ view
|Observation data (J2000 epoch)|
|Right ascension||17h 02m 37.69s|
|Declination||-26° 16′ 04.6″|
|Distance||28.0 kly (8.6 kpc)|
|Apparent magnitude (V)||+7.47|
|Apparent dimensions (V)||17′.0|
|Mass||kg ( M)|
|Other designations||NGC 6273, GCl 52|
M19 is the most w:oblate of the known globular clusters. It is at a distance of about 28,000 w:light-years from the w:Solar System, and is quite near to the w:Galactic Center, at only about 5,200 light-years away.