NGC 6738

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NGC 6738
Observation data (J2000 epoch)
Constellation Aquila
Right ascension 19h  01.3m[1]
Declination +11°  37′[1]
Distance 2,283 ly (700 pc)[1]
Apparent magnitude (V) 8.3[1]
Apparent dimensions (V) 00° 14′ 24″[1]
Physical characteristics
Other designations C1859+115, OCL 101.0, KPR2004b 459
See also: Open cluster, List of open clusters

NGC 6738 is an NGC object. Although listed as an open cluster in some astronomical databases, it may be merely an asterism; a 2003 paper in the journal Astronomy and Astrophysics describes it as being an "apparent concentration of a few bright stars on patchy background absorption".[2][3]


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  2. ^ Boeche, C.; Barbon, R.; Henden, A.; Munari, U.; Agnolin, P. (2003). "NGC 6738: Not a real open cluster". Astronomy and Astrophysics 406 (3): 893. arXiv:astro-ph/0306093. Bibcode:2003A&A...406..893B. doi:10.1051/0004-6361:20030834.  edit
  3. ^ "DOCdb - NGC 6738". Deep Sky Observer's Companion. Retrieved 2012-12-17.