NGC 6642

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NGC 6642
Standing out from the Crowd.jpg
Image of NGC 6642 was created from visible and infrared images taken with the Wide Field Channel of the Advanced Camera for Surveys.
Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA
Observation data (J2000 epoch)
Right ascension 18h 31m 54.23s[1]
Declination−23° 28′ 34.1″
Distance26.4 kly (8.1 kpc)[2]
Apparent dimensions (V)48"
Physical characteristics
Mass1.09×105[2] M
Metallicity = –1.26[2] dex
Other designationsC 1828-235, ESO 522-32, GCl 97, Mel 203
See also: Globular cluster, List of globular clusters

NGC 6642 is a globular cluster located 26,400 light years from Earth. Many "blue stragglers" (stars which seemingly lag behind in their rate of aging) have been spotted in this globular, and it is known to be lacking in low-mass stars.[3]


  1. ^ "SIMBAD query results". SIMBAD Astronomical Database. Retrieved 6 February 2012.
  2. ^ a b c Boyles, J.; et al. (November 2011), "Young Radio Pulsars in Galactic Globular Clusters", The Astrophysical Journal, 742 (1): 51, arXiv:1108.4402, Bibcode:2011ApJ...742...51B, doi:10.1088/0004-637X/742/1/51.
  3. ^ Balbinot, E.; Santiago, B. X.; Bica, E.; Bonatto, C. (1 July 2009). "The globular cluster NGC 6642: evidence for a depleted mass function in a very old cluster". Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. 396 (3): 1596–1602. arXiv:0903.4325. Bibcode:2009MNRAS.396.1596B. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2966.2009.14819.x.

Coordinates: Sky map 18h 31m 54.23s, −23° 28′ 34.1″