Alt. Designations: NGC 5272
Object Type: Globular  Cluster
Constellation: Canes Venatici
Distance: 33.9 kly
Right Ascension: 13h 42m 11.2s
Declination: +28° 22´ 34"
Visual Magnitude: 6.4
Apparent Dimension: 18.0´ Dia.
Best Month To View: Apr

Located in the constellation Canes Venatici, M3 is a tight cluster of almost 500,000 stars. This cluster is located approximately 30,000 light-years from Earth. It contains about 170 faint variable stars, which is more than any other globular cluster. A visual magnitude of 6.4 makes this bright cluster an easy target for binoculars and telescopes alike.