Fletcher Photos - The Hercules Cluster - M13
"M13 - The Hercules Star Cluster"

Tri-color on Tech Pan film - 16" f/4.5 Newtonian

photo by Bill and Sally Fletcher

Located just outside the central core of our Milky Way galaxy are giant clusters of stars called "globular star clusters". M13 is the finest example of a globular cluster in the northern sky. It is also one of the most spectacular telescope objects to view. It lies about 25,000 light years from Earth and contains as many as a million suns.

Recently it was determined that globular star clusters are among the oldest objects in the universe, since they are created early in the formation of a galaxy. There are more than 200 known to exist just outside the stellar form of the Milky Way.

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