2MASS-GC02, Hurt 2

Globular Cluster 2MASS-GC02 (Hurt 2), in Sagittarius

[2MASS-GC02, 2MASS Atlas]

Distance from Sun:
16.0 kly
Distance from Galactic Center:
10.4 kly
Apparent Diameter:
1.9 arc min
24.60 mag vis
Radial Velocity:
-238.0 +/- 36.0 km/s
Abs. Mag:
-4.86 Mag vis
Discovered in 2000 by Joselino Vasquez during 2MASS IR exposures.
Confirmed by R.J. Hurt et.al. in 2MASS IR records.

2MASS-GC02 was discovered by 2MASS telescope operator Joselino Vasquez in his observing logs as a suspected globular cluster, and confirmed by visual inspection of arbitrary 2MASS Atlas images, together with its apparent neighbor, 2MASS-GC01. It is heavily obscured in the visible part of the spectrum by about 18.0 +/- 1.0 magnitudes, and therefore only discovered in the infrared. 2MASS-GC02 was Milky Way Globular Cluster No. 149 to be discovered.

The extinction of light for this cluster is stronger at the shorter wavelength, so that the light of the stars appears reddened even in this false-color IR image; they are seen chiefly in the Ks and H band.

The image in this page is an infrared photo. It was obtained within the Two Micron All Sky Survey (2MASS) and taken from the 2MASS atlas. Colors represent different IR bands: J band (1.2 micron) is represented blue, H (1.6 micron) green, and Ks light (2.2 micron) red.

  • This image was featured as 2MASS Picture of the Week 2002 May 29-June 4 - caption References:

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