|Observation data (J2000 epoch)|
|Right ascension||6h 30.4m 00s|
|Declination||−64° 19′ 00″|
|Apparent magnitude (V)||13.5|
|Apparent dimensions (V)||3.4′|
|Other designations||KMHK 1756, [SL63] 895, ESO 87-24, LW 481|
|See also: Globular cluster, List of globular clusters|
NGC 2257 is a globular cluster that lies on the outskirts of the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC). Globular clusters contain very old stars, being typically over 10 billion years old, and can therefore be used like a "fossil record" to learn more about the Universe’s past. They are densely packed, with tens to hundreds of thousands of stars gathered within a diameter of just a few tens of light-years.
- An Ancient Cluster of Stars Against a Stunning Background – ESO Picture of the week.
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