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.
|Observation data (w:J2000 epoch)|
|Right ascension||17h 17m 07.27s|
|Declination||+43° 08′ 11.5″|
|Distance||26 kly (8 kpc)|
|Apparent magnitude (V)||+6.3|
|Mass||kg ( M)|
|Other designations||M92, NGC 6341, GCl 59|
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.