NGC 5897

Globular Cluster NGC 5897, class XI, in Libra

[NGC 5897, C&D Schur]

Distance from Sun:
40.8 kly
Distance from Galactic Center:
24.1 kly
Apparent Diameter:
12.6 arc min
8.53 mag vis
Radial Velocity:
+101.5 +/- 1.0 km/s
Abs. Mag:
-7.23 Mag vis
Discovered by William Herschel in 1784 or 1785.

Globular Cluster NGC 5897 was discovered by William Herschel, probably on April 25, 1784 when he logged his H VI.8 with an inacurate position, but with certainty on March 10, 1785 when he cataloged it as H VI.19.

With its visual brightness of about 8.5 mag, this is a fairly bright and fine object for telescopes of any size. It is situated about 5deg NE of Sigma Lib (mag 3), and 8deg SW of Alpha Lib.

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 = 60:20:20:20 minutes.

  • More information on this image (C.&D. Schur)

    [NGC 5897, M. Germano Black and white photograph of NGC 5897 by Martin Germano, taken with his 14.5-inch f/5 Newtonian (stopped to f/6). This is a 110 minutes exposure on hypered Tech Pan 2415, taken in June, 2002 from the Mt. Pinos area in Southern California.

  • NGC 5897 was featured as Deep Sky Object of the Month June 2001 by the East Valley Astronomy Club (EVAC)

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