|Observation data (J2000 epoch)|
|Right ascension||18h 53m 04.32s|
|Declination||–08° 42′ 21.5″|
|Distance||22.5 kly (6.9 kpc)|
|Apparent magnitude (V)||+8.69|
|Metallicity||= –0.94 dex|
|Estimated age||10.4 Gyr|
|Other designations||GCl 103, GC 4441|
NGC 6712 is a globular cluster that was probably discovered by Le Gentil on July 9, 1749 when investigating the Milky Way star cloud in Aquila. He described it as a "true nebula," in contrast to the open star cluster M11. Independently discovered by William Herschel on June 16, 1784 and cataloged as H I.47; he also first classified it as a round nebula. John Herschel was the first to describe it as a globular star cluster during his observations in the 1830s.
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- NGC 6712 on WikiSky: DSS2, SDSS, GALEX, IRAS, Hydrogen α, X-Ray, Astrophoto, Sky Map, Articles and images
- NGC 6712
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