Final – M13 with several hundred thousand stars. Also see the annotated version – which shows a number of background galaxies. (

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M13 is about 145 light-years in diameter, and it is composed of several hundred thousand stars, the brightest of which is a red giant, the variable star V11, with an apparent visual magnitude of 11.95. M13 is about 22,200 light-years away from Earth. With an apparent magnitude of 5.8, it is barely visible with the naked eye on clear nights. Its diameter is about 23 arc minutes and it is readily viewable in small telescopes.

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