NGC 6397

A ground-based sky survey photograph of the globular cluster NGC 6397, one of the nearest and densest agglomerations of stars to Earth. The cluster is located 7, 200 light-years away in the southern constellation Ara, and is one of 150 such objects which orbit our Milky Way Galaxy.


F. Paresce, ST ScI & ESA and NASA

About the Image

NASA press release
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Release date:17 October 1994, 05:00
Size:600 x 600 px

About the Object

Name:NGC 6397
Type:Milky Way : Star : Grouping : Cluster : Globular
Distance:9000 light years
Category:Star Clusters

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Position (RA):17 40 41.61
Position (Dec):-53° 40' 24.90"
Field of view:11.33 x 11.33 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 0.3° left of vertical

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