Messier 70 (also known as M70 or NGC 6681) is a globular cluster in the constellation Sagittarius. It was discovered by Charles Messier in 1780.
M70 is at a distance of about 29,300 light years away from Earth and close to the Galactic Center. It is roughly the same size and luminosity as its neighbour in space, M69. Only two variable stars are known within this cluster.
Picture obtained with the Wide Field Camera of Hubble’s Advanced Camera for Surveys. The field of view is around 3.3 by 3.3 arcminutes.
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- ^ distance × sin( diameter_angle / 2 ) = 34 ly. radius
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- ^ "Tight and Bright". ESA/Hubble Picture of the Week. Retrieved 13 April 2012.
- Messier 70, SEDS Messier pages
- Messier 70, Galactic Globular Clusters Database page
- Messier 70 on WikiSky: DSS2, SDSS, GALEX, IRAS, Hydrogen α, X-Ray, Astrophoto, Sky Map, Articles and images
Coordinates: 18h 43m 12.64s, −32° 17′ 30.8″