NGC 6541

Globular Cluster NGC 6541, class III, in Corona Australis

RA:
18:08:02.36
Dec:
-43:42:53.6
Distance from Sun:
24.4 kly
Distance from Galactic Center:
6.8 kly
Apparent Diameter:
29.6 arc min
Brightness:
6.30 mag vis
Radial Velocity:
-158.7 +/- 2.3 km/s
Diameter:
ly
Abs. Mag:
-8.52 Mag vis
Discovered by N. Cacciatore on March 19, 1826. Independently found by James Dunlop on July 3, 1826.

Nicolò Cacciatore (1780 - 1841) of the observatory in Palermo, Italy discovered this globular cluster on March 19, 1826 (Cacciatore 1826), just a few months before James Dunlop independently found it on July 3 of the same year. Erroneously, Cacciatore first suspected this to be a "new nebula." John Herschel included it in his 1847 catalog as h 3725, and in his "General Catalogue" as GC 4372, which became NGC 6541 in J.L.E. Dreyer's New General Catalogue.

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