NGC 2419

Alt. Designations: NGC 2419
Object Type: globular cluster
Constellation: Lynx
Distance: 300 kly
Right Ascension: 07h 38m 08.5s
Declination: +38° 52´ 57"
Visual Magnitude: 10.3
Apparent Dimension: 4.6´ Dia.
Best Month To View: Jan

NGC 2419 bears the nickname "the Intergalactic Wanderer," which was bestowed when it was erroneously thought not to be in orbit around the Milky Way. Its orbit brings it further away from the galactic center than the Magellanic Clouds, but it can (with qualifications) be considered as an element of the Milky Way. At this great distance it takes three billion years to make one trip around the galaxy.