Palomar 6

Globular Cluster Palomar 6, class XI, in Ophiuchus

[Palomar 6, 2MASS Atlas]

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
Discovered by George Abell in 1952.

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 1997).

  • More information on planetary nebula JaFu 1 in or near globular cluster Palomar 6



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