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Messier 12
Messier 12 Gumball Cluster
Credit: NASA, ESA

M12 (NGC 6218) - Gumball Cluster

Messier 12 (NGC 6218), also known as the Gumball Cluster, is a globular cluster located in the constellation Ophiucus, in the Galactic Center of the Milky Way Galaxy in the Local Group of galaxies. M12 is 15,700 light years away from Earth.

M12 is best viewed during mid-summer, is magnitude 7.7, and can be viewed with binoculars. M12 is 16' in apparent size. For reference, the full moon is 30' (arc minutes) in size.

      1. Name:
      2. Gumball Cluster
      1. Type:
      2. globular cluster
      1. NGC or IC:
      2. NGC 6218
      1. Magnitude:
      2. 7.7
      1. Viewing:
      2. binoculars
      1. Size:
      2. 16'
      1. Distance (light years):
      2. 15,700 LY
      1. RA:
      2. 16h 47.2m
      1. Dec:
      2. -1 57'
      1. Season:
      2. mid-summer
      1. Milky Way location:
      2. Galactic Center
      1. Galaxy group:
      2. Local Group

    * The naked eye can see up to magnitude 8 objects under ideal dark sky conditions.