Alt. Designations: NGC 6093
Object Type: Global Cluster
Constellation: Scorpius
Distance: 32.6 mly
Right Ascension: 16h 17m 02.5s
Declination: -22° 58´ 28"
Visual Magnitude: 7.2
Apparent Dimension: 10.0´ Dia.
Best Month To View: May

Located in the constellation Scorpius is an 8th magnitude globular cluster called M80. This cluster has a diameter of around 90 light-years and is located roughly 36,000 light-years from the Earth. This cluster was the site of a nova in 1860, which completely changed its appearance for several days. A second nova occurred in 1938, but was only observed photographically. Visually, this globular cluster resembles a comet. A large telescope is required to reveal the cluster's individual stars.