Messier Monday: A Globular from the Galactic Center, M9 (Synopsis)

“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!

Tags

More like this

“I lie on the floor, washed by nothing and hanging on. I cry at night. I am afraid of hearing voices, or a voice. I have come to the edge, of the land. I could get pushed over.” -Margaret Atwood We had a great run with Messier Monday, followed by a fun mini-series on Mini-Movie Monday, but now it's…
“Be not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them.” -William Shakespeare But in the case of Orion, it's great because of not only how it was born, but where and when: recently, and so close to us! And that makes our views of not…
"[T]he entire globe will soon be wrapped in a glowing envelope through which none of the magic of the Universe can be seen by the naked eye." -George Eslinger Welcome to still another Messier Monday here on Starts With A Bang! Each Monday, we highlight a different one of the 110 deep-sky objects…
“The total number of people who understand relativistic time, even after eighty years since the advent of special relativity, is still much smaller than the number of people who believe in horoscopes.” -Yuval Ne’eman It's been 13.8 billion years since the Big Bang for us, and when we look out at a…