Messier 92 (also known as M92 or NGC 6341) is a w:globular cluster in the constellation Hercules. It was discovered by w:Johann Elert Bode in w:1777 and independently rediscovered by w:Charles Messier on w:March 18, w:1781. M92 is at a distance of about 26,000 w:light-years away from w:Earth.

Messier 92
Observation data (w:J2000 epoch)
Right ascension17h 17m 07.27s[1]
Declination+43° 08′ 11.5″[1]
Distance26 kly[citation needed] (8 kpc)
Apparent magnitude (V)+6.3[1]
Physical characteristics
Masskg ( M)
Other designationsM92, NGC 6341, GCl 59[1]
Center of M92 by HST; 1.44′ view
Messier 92. Courtesy Hunter Wilson

M92 is one of the brighter globular clusters in the northern hemisphere, but it is often overlooked by amateur astronomers because of its proximity to the even more spectacular w:Messier 13.

External links


  1. a b c d "SIMBAD Astronomical Database". Results for NGC 6341. Retrieved 2006-11-17.