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Astr112 Photography Projects, Spring 2006

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Intergalactic Wanderer(NGC 2419), Curtis Stouwie

Intergalactic Wanderer(NGC 2419)

A globular cluster is a collection of old stars that share a common origin. Globular clusters contain from tens of thousands to millions of stars and measure from 100 to 300 light-years across. The Intergalactic Wanderer(NGC 2419) is ranked as the fourth most luminous globular cluster in the Milky Way, although it is just about the most distant of clusters. It is about 300,000 Lightyears away from our Sun and solar system. It lies in the southwest edge of the constellation Lynx which is roughly the direction of the galactic anticenter, or the place in the sky that is directly opposite of the galactic center.

This cluster, nicknamed the "Intergalactic Wanderer", has no striking features in color or shape, but has a magnitude of 10 and is farther away than the Magellanic Clouds. It is predicted that it is positioned at the edge or limit of our galaxy's gravitational sphere, therefore it was speculated that it was lying in open space without belonging in any galaxy. This picture is approximately 15 arcminutes by 9 arcminutes. The Distance across this picture is about 1300 Lightyears in diameter.

References:

"Stella Scenes", Intergalactic Wanderer(NGC 2419 in Lynx)

"Answers.com", Intergalatic Wanderer by Wikipedia

Right Ascension (J2000) 07h 38m 06.0s
Declination (J2000) +38°53'01
Filters used clear(C)
Exposure time per filter 4x300 seconds in C
Date observed

March 20, 2006(C)