# NGC 6426

NGC 6426 is a globular cluster located in the constellation Ophiuchus. It is designated IX in the galaxy morphological classification scheme and was discovered by the British astronomer William Herschel on 3 June 1786. It is at a distance of 67,500 light years away from earth.[1][2][4][5]

NGC 6426
NGC 6426 as seen through the Hubble Space Telescope
Observation data (J2000 epoch)
ConstellationOphiuchus
Right ascension17h 44m 54.7s[1]
Declination+3° 10′ 13″[1]
Distance67.2 kly (20.6 kpc)[2]
Apparent magnitude (V)11.01[2]
Apparent dimensions (V)4.20
Physical characteristics
Absolute magnitude-5.38
Metallicity${\displaystyle {\begin{smallmatrix}\left[{\ce {Fe}}/{\ce {H}}\right]\end{smallmatrix}}}$ = -2.15[3] dex
Other designationsCr 346, GCL 76