NGC 5634

Globular Cluster NGC 5634, class IV, in Virgo

[NGC 5634, C&D Schur]

Distance from Sun:
82.2 kly
Distance from Galactic Center:
69.1 kly
Apparent Diameter:
4.9 arc min
9.47 mag vis
Radial Velocity:
-45.1 +/- 6.6 km/s
Abs. Mag:
-7.69 Mag vis
Discovered by William Herschel on March 5, 1785.

William Herschel discovered NGC 5634 on March 5, 1785 and cataloged it as H I.70. This object is a considerably faint globular cluster.

This cluster is probably a former member of the Sagittarius Dwarf Elliptical Galaxy (SagDEG), or Sagittarius Dwarf Spheroidal Galaxy (Sgr dSph), the nearby dwarf galaxy discovered in 1994, which is currently in a close and perhaps final encounter before its tidal disruption, with our Milky Way Galaxy.

The image on the right was obtained by Chris and Dawn Schur from Payson, Arizona with their 12.5" f/5 Home made Newtonian and SBIG ST7E CCD camera. This is an LRGB composite image, exposed LRGB = 30:10:10:10 min.

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