Sunday, August 22, 2010

Messier 92

Messier 92 is a globular cluster in Hercules. It doesn't get as much attention as its brighter sibling, Messier 13. In fact, M13 has pretty much gotten all of the glory. After all, M13 is often referred to as the "Great Globular Cluster in Hercules," and the "Hercules Cluster." So where does that leave M92? Is it the "Not so Great Globular Cluster in Hercules?" The "Also Hercules Cluster?" Or, the "Red-headed Stepchild Cluster in Hercules?"

In my opinion, M92 is worth a look. It has a very bright center, and it is said that the cluster is visible to the naked eye in dark skies. I haven't seen it naked-eye, yet.

Messier 92 in Hercules

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