Globular cluster M4 in the Milky Way

This illustration shows the location of the globular cluster M4 in our Milky Way Galaxy, which is depicted 'edge-on' or from the side. Globular clusters like M4 are the first pioneer settlers of the Milky Way. Many coalesced to build the hub of our galaxy and formed billions of years before the appearance of the Milky Way's magnificent pinwheel disk. Today, 150 globular clusters survive in the galactic halo.


NASA/ESA and A. Feild

About the Image

NASA press release
Release date:24 April 2002, 19:00
Size:800 x 600 px

About the Object

Name:Messier 4, Milky Way, NGC 6121
Type:Milky Way : Star : Grouping : Cluster : Globular
Milky Way : Galaxy
Distance:5500 light years

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