While you cannot tell it, this is an absolutely beautiful
globular cluster, with both old (yellow) and young (blue) stars.
There are some 300,000 stars in this bad boy, within approx 90 light
years. It lies near the central bulge of the Milky Way.
Charles Messier initially discribed this one as 'Nebula, without star
within the right leg of Ophiuchus' This globular cluster lies
approx 25,000 light years from us. The yellow stars are estimated
as being almost twice the age of our sun.
20 sec stacked
8 Jun 12