Alt. Designations: NGC 1904
Object Type: Global Cluster
Constellation: Lepus
Distance: 42.1 kly
Right Ascension: 05h 24m 10.6s
Declination: -24° 31´ 25"
Visual Magnitude: 8
Apparent Dimension: 9.6´ Dia.
Best Month To View: Dec

The constellation Lepus is the site of a beautiful globular cluster known as M79. This cluster is unusual because of its location in the sky. Most globular clusters are grouped near the center of our galaxy. This one is much closer to us. It is only 40,000 light-years from Earth but 60,000 light-years from the galactic center. It is believed to have a diameter of around 100 light-years. It has a slightly elliptical shape and is receding from us at about 200km/sec. At magnitude 8.0, it is a bright object and should be relatively easy to spot in binoculars. A telescope is required to resolve the individual stars in the cluster.