[frame src=”http://www.tedzy.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/hercules2.jpg” height=”80″ align=”right” style=”2″ linkstyle=”pp” linksto=”http://www.tedzy.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/hercules2.jpg” title=”Hercules Globular Cluster”]Hercules Globular Cluster also called many names most known is M13 (Messier 13). M13 is an amazing globular cluster and has around 300,000 stars. Back in 1714, Edmond Halley found it and it was catalogued by Charles Messier on June 1, 1764.
Hercules is almost 145 light years in diameter and around 25,100 light-years away from Earth. M13 is approximately around 13 billion years old.
If you want to get someone hooked on observing, you have to do more than just show them the stars. While the moon and Saturn look great through a telescope, many astronomical objects need to be understood to be truly appreciated.
[frame src=”http://www.tedzy.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/hercules1.jpg” height=”80″ align=”right” style=”2″ linkstyle=”pp” linksto=”http://www.tedzy.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/hercules1.jpg” title=”Hercules Globular Cluster”]M13 is probably the most looked at and most beautiful object that can be seen in the Northern skies. Even modest amateur telescopes show it as a blazing ball of stars. My plan is to see M13 closer by having a bigger telescope in the near future.
Once I do, I will of course upload pictures for anyone who cares.
The current color image I found not only shows that it contains so many stars that it just becomes a blob of light in the core with long exposure but further that the stars come in several different colors.
That’s all for now, I’ll keep you updated with my latest news over here.