Alt. Designations: NGC 6981
Object Type: Global Cluster
Constellation: Aquarius
Distance: 55.4 kly
Right Ascension: 20h 53m 27.9s
Declination: -12° 32´ 11"
Visual Magnitude: 9.4
Apparent Dimension: 6.6´ Dia.
Best Month To View: Aug

In the constellation Aquarius lies a globular cluster known as M72. This object is one of the more remote globular clusters in the Messier catalog. It has a diameter of about 90 light-years, and is located over 53,000 light-years from Earth. Although its apparent magnitude is only 9.3, this cluster's extreme distance means that it is one of the brightest globulars yet discovered. Visually, it is a somewhat loose cluster. M72 is approaching us at over 250 km/sec. This object may be difficult to locate with binoculars but makes an easy target with a telescope.