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MESSIER 11 – THE WILD DUCK CLUSTER

 

 

Messier 11 or the Wild Duck Cluster, Catalogue as NGC  6705 is an open cluster in the constellation Scutum (the shield).   Discovered by a German Astronomer Gottfried   Kirch in 1681 at Berlin Observatory. The cluster was appeared as nothing more than a fuzzy blob through the telescope. It wasn’t until 1733 that the blob was first resolved into separate stars by the Reverend Willian Derham of England and Chales Messier included it in his catalogue in 1764.

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