NGC 6356

Globular Cluster NGC 6356, class II, in Ophiuchus

[NGC 6356, M. Germano]

Distance from Sun:
49.2 kly
Distance from Galactic Center:
24.4 kly
Apparent Diameter:
8.0 arc min
8.25 mag vis
Radial Velocity:
+27.0 +/- 4.3 km/s
Abs. Mag:
-8.51 Mag vis
Discovered by William Herschel on June 17, 1784.

Globular cluster NGC 6356 was cataloged by William Herschel as H I.48 when he discovered this object on June 17, 1784.

NGC 6356 is situated just 80' NE of prominent Messier 9, but at roughly the double distance.

The image in our page was obtained by Martin Germano with his 14.5-inch f/5 Newtonian (stopped to f/6, 12-inch), exposed 70 minutes on hypered Tech Pan 2415 film, in May, 2002.

  • 2MASS Atlas image of NGC 6356. This infrared image taken 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 green, represented blue, H (1.6 micron) green, and Ks light (2.2 micron) red.

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