“When someone demands blind obedience, you’d be a fool not to peek.” -Jim Fiebig

But sometimes, it’s the wonders of the Universe that peek out at us from behind the intervening gas and dust that would block the light from them otherwise.

Image credit: © Copyright 1970 — 2014 by Fred Espenak, via http://astropixels.com/globularclusters/M9-01.html.

Image credit: © Copyright 1970 — 2014 by Fred Espenak, via http://astropixels.com/globularclusters/M9-01.html.

This week’s deep-sky object for Messier Monday — Messier 9 — has the distinction of being one of the closest globulars to the galactic center, yet its stars are incredibly old and metal-poor. Oh, and it’s been spectacularly imaged by Hubble, revealing far more stars than were anticipated to be there!

Image credit: NASA & ESA, via http://spacetelescope.org/images/heic1205a/.

Image credit: NASA & ESA, via http://spacetelescope.org/images/heic1205a/.

Go read the whole remarkable story of this object and our discovery of its wonders!

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