Globular Cluster Palomar 6, class XI,
Discovered by George Abell in 1952.
- Distance from Sun:
- 18.9 kly
- Distance from Galactic Center:
- 7.2 kly
- Apparent Diameter:
- 8.4 arc min
- 11.55 mag vis
- Radial Velocity:
- +181.0 +/- 2.8 km/s
- Abs. Mag:
- -6.79 Mag vis
Palomar 6 is quite a loose globular cluster, which is heavily obscured as
it lies in the direction of the Galactic Center.
The image in this page in an IR photograph 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; field size is 7.5' x 7.5'. The image is a mosaic created by
S. Van Dyk of IPAC.
In this near-infrared image, the globular clearly stands out against the
background and foreground stars which belong to the inner galactic bulge.
Palomar 6 is one of only
four known globular
clusters which currently homes a planetary nebula. This planetary was not
discovered until 1997, as it is hiding near the multitude of stars of globular
cluster Palomar 6 (Jacoby et.al. 1997).
More information on planetary nebula JaFu 1
in or near globular cluster Palomar 6
- George O. Abell, 1955.
Globular Clusters and Planetary Nebulae Discovered on the National Geographic
Society-Palomar Observatory Sky Survey.
Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, Vol. 67, No. 397,
pp. 258-261 (August 1955)
- George H. Jacoby, Jon A. Morse, L. Kellar Fullton,
K. B. Kwitter, and R. B. C. Henry, 1997.
Planetary Nebulae in the Globular Cluster PAL 6 and NGC 6441.
Astronomical Journal, Vol. 114, pp. 2611-2625 (December 1997)
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