Deep Sky

Extragalactic Globular
Constellation: Lepus
Discovered by Pierre Méchain in 1780, it is approx 60,000 light-years away from us.  it is known as extragalactic because astronomers feel that it is not a native globular to our Milky Way.   The view is it is from the Canis Major Dwarf Galaxy and just liked it better here than with Canis Major.
Unfortunately, the ending is not so good for M79, as its close encounter with our Milky Way, astronomers do not think it will survive intact.
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Date: 03-12-13