NGC 6139

NGC 6139 is a globular cluster of the Milky Way in the constellation Scorpius. It is located 3.6 kiloparsecs (10 kilolight-years) from the Galactic Center[3] (less than half the distance of the Sun from the Galactic Center).

NGC 6139
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NGC 6139, imaged by Hubble
Credit: NASA/ESA
Observation data (J2000 epoch)
Right ascension16h 27m 41.6s[2]
Declination–38° 50′ 18″[2]
Distance10.1 kiloparsecs (30 kilolight-years)[3]
Apparent magnitude (V)+9.68[4]
Apparent dimensions (V)1′.6 x 1′.4[4]
Physical characteristics
See also: Globular cluster, List of globular clusters


The cluster appears visibly small and requires larger +12" aperture telescopes to view the core. Appearing around 1.5 arcmins having a radius of .75 arcmins, despite its rather bright magnitude.



  1. ^ "Results for NGC 6139". VizieR Catalogue Database. Retrieved 2013-09-06.
  2. ^ a b "NED Results for NGC 6139". NASA/IPAC Extragalactic Database. Retrieved 2013-09-06.
  3. ^ a b Harris, William E. (1996). "A Catalog of Parameters for Globular Clusters in the Milky Way (2010 edition)". Astronomical Journal. 112: 1487. doi:10.1086/118116.
  4. ^ a b "NGC 6139". SIMBAD. Centre de données astronomiques de Strasbourg. Retrieved 2013-09-06.
  5. ^ "An aging beauty". Retrieved 25 June 2018.

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