|Observation data (J2000 epoch)|
|Right ascension||00h 52m 45.24s|
|Declination||–26° 34′ 57.4″|
|Distance||28.7 kly (8.8 kpc)|
|Apparent magnitude (V)||9.37|
|Apparent dimensions (V)||13′.8|
|Metallicity||= –1.14 dex|
|Estimated age||10.62 Gyr|
|Other designations||Melotte 3|
NGC 288 is a globular cluster in the constellation Sculptor. Its visual appearance was described by John Dreyer in 1888. It is located about 1.8° southeast of the galaxy NGC 253, 37′ north-northeast of the South Galactic Pole, 15′ south-southeast of a 9th magnitude star, and encompassed by a half-circular chain of stars that opens on its southwest side. It can be observed through binoculars. It is not very concentrated and has a well resolved, large 3′ dense core that is surrounded by a much more diffuse and irregular 9′ diameter ring. Peripheral members extend farther outward towards the south and especially southwest.
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- NGC 288 @ SEDS
- NGC 288 on WikiSky: DSS2, SDSS, GALEX, IRAS, Hydrogen α, X-Ray, Astrophoto, Sky Map, Articles and images