M53 in Coma Berenices

Copyright: Adam Block/NOAO/AURA/NSF

M53 is a globular cluster of stars in the constellation of Coma Berenices shining at magnitude 8.5 from a distance of approximately 60,000 ly. Like all globular clusters it is extremely old, in the region of 15-16 billion years, and lurks in a halo around the galaxy. Virtually all the members of this cluster are old, red giant stars; star formation has all but ceased.
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