Messier 56 (also known as M56 or NGC 6779) is a globular cluster in the constellation Lyra. It was discovered by Charles Messier in 1779. M56 is at a distance of about 32,900 light-years from Earth and measures roughly 84 light-years across. The brightest stars in M56 are of 13th magnitude while it contains only about a dozen known variable stars, such as V6 or V1; other variable stars are V2 (irregular) and V3 (semiregular). More information...
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