NGC5466

65. NGC5466


NGC 5466  RA: 14h 05.5'  Dec: +28 32'   Bo÷tes (Boo)

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NGC 5466 is a class XII globular cluster in the constellation Boötes. Located 51,800 light years from Earth and 52,800 light years from the galactic center, it was discovered by William Herschel on May 17, 1784, as H VI.9. This globular cluster is unusual insofar as it contains a certain blue horizontal branch of stars, as well as being unusually metal poor like ordinary globular clusters. It is thought to be the source of a stellar stream discovered in 2006, called the 45 Degree Tidal Stream. This star stream is an approximately 1.4° wide star lane extending from Boötes to Ursa Major.
 

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Location Burlington IN
Date Jul 10 2010
Optics Astro-Tech AT8IN
Filters Baader MPCC
Mount Celestron CGE
Camera Canon/Hutech 500DH
ISO 400
Subexposures 10
Exposure Length 90
Guider Stellarvue NHII/ST-4
 

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