Palomar 5


Palomar 5 is a globular cluster discovered by Walter Baade in 1950. It was independently found again by Albert George Wilson in 1955. After the initial name of Serpens, it was subsequently catalogued as Palomar 5.

Palomar 5
Pal5 - SDSS DR14 (panorama).jpg
Observation data (J2000 epoch)
Right ascension15h 16m 05.3s[1]
Declination–00° 06′ 41″[1]
Distance76 kly (23 kpc)[2]
Apparent magnitude (V)+11.75
Apparent dimensions (V)6′.9
Physical characteristics
Mass3.00×104[3] M
Radius76 ly[4]
Estimated age11.5±1.0 Gyr[5]
Notable featuresErroneously thought to be a dwarf galaxy
Other designationsUGC 9792, GCl 32[1]
See also: Globular cluster, List of globular clusters

There is a process of disruption acting on this cluster because of the gravitation of the Milky Way – in fact there are many stars leaving this cluster in the form of a stellar stream. The stream has a mass of 5000 solar masses and is 30,000 light years long.[6] The cluster is currently 60.6 kly (18.6 kpc) from the Galactic Center. It shows a noticeable amount of flattening, with an aspect ratio of 0.62 ± 0.23 between its semimajor axis and semiminor axis.[7]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c "SIMBAD Astronomical Database". Results for Palomar 5. Retrieved 2006-11-17.
  2. ^ Hessels, J. W. T.; et al. (November 2007), "A 1.4 GHz Arecibo Survey for Pulsars in Globular Clusters", The Astrophysical Journal, 670 (1): 363–378, arXiv:0707.1602, Bibcode:2007ApJ...670..363H, doi:10.1086/521780, S2CID 16914232.
  3. ^ Boyles, J.; et al. (November 2011), "Young Radio Pulsars in Galactic Globular Clusters", The Astrophysical Journal, 742 (1): 51, arXiv:1108.4402, Bibcode:2011ApJ...742...51B, doi:10.1088/0004-637X/742/1/51, S2CID 118649860.
  4. ^ distance × sin( diameter_angle / 2 ) = 76 ly. radius
  5. ^ Martell, S. L.; Smith, G. H.; Grillmair, C. J. (2002). "A New Age Measurement for Palomar 5". American Astronomical Society, 201st AAS Meeting, #07.11; Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society. 34: 1103. Bibcode:2002AAS...201.0711M.
  6. ^ Ibata, Rodrigo; Gibson, Brad (April 2007). "The Ghosts of Galaxies Past". Scientific American. 296 (4): 40–45. Bibcode:2007SciAm.296d..40I. doi:10.1038/scientificamerican0407-40. ISSN 0036-8733. PMID 17479629.
  7. ^ Chen, C. W.; Chen, W. P. (October 2010), "Morphological Distortion of Galactic Globular Clusters", The Astrophysical Journal, 721 (2): 1790–1819, Bibcode:2010ApJ...721.1790C, doi:10.1088/0004-637X/721/2/1790

External linksEdit

  • SEDS Palomar 5
  • Palomar 5 on WikiSky: DSS2, SDSS, GALEX, IRAS, Hydrogen α, X-Ray, Astrophoto, Sky Map, Articles and images
  • N-body simulation of the Galactic globular cluster Palomar 5 and its stream, arXiv:2102.11348, doi:10.1038/s41550-021-01392-2, archived from the original on 2021-12-18, retrieved 2021-07-08

Coordinates:   15h 16m 05.3s, −00° 06′ 41″