Alt. Designations: NGC 6779
Object Type: Globular Cluster
Constellation: Lyra
Distance: 32.9 kly
Right Ascension: 19h 16m 35.5s
Declination: +30° 11´ 07"
Visual Magnitude: 8.3
Apparent Dimension: 8.8´ Dia.
Best Month To View: Jun

In the constellation Lyra can be found a small, dim globular cluster known as M56. This cluster lacks the bright core that is visible in many other globulars. It is believed to have a diameter of only 60 light-years, and is located about 45,000 light-years from Earth. It is actually approaching us at a speed of about 145 km/sec. Due to its small size and magnitude of only 8.3, M56 is not a great object for the binocular astronomer. Telescopes larger than 10 inches can resolve the cluster quite nicely.