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Hurt2 (2MASS).jpg
2MASS-GC02, imaged in infrared
Credit: 2MASS
Observation data (J2000 epoch)
Class IV
Constellation Sagittarius
Right ascension 18h 09m 36.5s[1]
Declination −20° 46′ 44″[1]
Distance 16.0 kly
(4.9 kpc)
Apparent magnitude (V) 9.30[2]
Physical characteristics
Radius 0.95' x 0.95'[2]
Metallicity  = -1.08[3] dex
See also: Globular cluster, List of globular clusters

2MASS-GC02, also known as Hurt 2, is a globular cluster at a distance of about 16 thousand light-years from Earth in the constellation Sagittarius. It was discovered in 2000 by Joselino Vasquez, and confirmed by a team of astronomers under the leadership of R. J. Hurt at 2MASS.[2]

The globular cluster 2MASS-GC02 is not visible the visible portion of the electromagnetic spectrum, due to interstellar extinction, but was spotted in infrared light. It is located at a distance of 10.4 thousand light years from the center of the Milky Way.[2]


  1. ^ a b "NAME 2MASS-GC02". SIMBAD. Centre de données astronomiques de Strasbourg. Retrieved 15 January 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c d "2MASS-GC02, Hurt 2". Retrieved 15 January 2016. 
  3. ^ "A Galactic Globular Clusters Database: NGC 6540". Retrieved 15 January 2017. 

Further reading[edit]

Discovery paper

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