Alt. Designations: NGC 6402
Object Type: Globular  Cluster
Constellation: Ophiuchus
Distance: 30.3 kly
Right Ascension: 17h 37m 36.1s
Declination: -03° 14´ 43"
Visual Magnitude: 7.6
Apparent Dimension: 11.0´ Dia.
Best Month To View: Jun

Located in the constellation Ophiuchus, globular cluster M14 has a slightly elliptical shape to it. This cluster is noticeably smaller than M10 and M12, but it contains a large number of variable stars, over 70 in all. This cluster has a diameter of about 55 light-years and lies about 23,000 light-years from Earth. It was the sight of a nova in 1938. With a magnitude of 7.6, it can be located with binoculars, although a telescope is required to show any detail in the cluster.