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Stars and stellar evolution
Globular Cluster M80

M80, NGC 6093


Globular cluster containing more than 100,000 stars


About 13 billion years


Found in the Scorpius constellation, a zodiacal constellation in the Southern Hemisphere

Distance from Earth

32,600 light-years


About 95 light-years across

This stellar swarm is one of the densest of the 147 known globular star clusters in the Milky Way Galaxy. M80 contains hundreds of thousands of stars, held together by their mutual gravitational attraction.

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"Fast Facts: Globular Cluster M80" is a table that lists the name, description, location, size, and distance of the globular cluster from Earth. An image of the cluster is included.

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How to use in the classroom

Use this resource as:

A source of information. Read the table to find out about this object.

A mapping activity. Locate the cluster's associated constellation on a star map.

A large-number recognition activity. Have students look at several Fast Fact tables, including this one. Ask them to place the objects described in the Fast Fact tables in order, starting with the object closest to Earth and ending with the one farthest away.

An inquiry tool. Have students write down questions they would like answered about the image and the information in the Fast Facts table.

An engagement tool. Involve students in a discussion.

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