NGC 6087

NGC 6087

NGC 6087
Observation data (J2000 epoch)
Constellation Norma
Right ascension 16h 18m 48s[1]
Declination −57° 56′[1]
Distance ~3500LY (~1000pc)
Apparent magnitude (V) 5.4
Apparent dimensions (V) 12′
Physical characteristics
Other designations Caldwell 89

NGC 6087 is an open cluster of 40 or more[2][3] stars centered on the Cepheid variable S Normae in the constellation Norma. At a distance of about 3500 ly and covering a field of almost one quarter of a degree, the stars range from seventh to eleventh magnitude, the brightest being 6.5 magnitude S Normae. The aggregate visual magnitude of the cluster is about 5.4.

Spectral analysis of the radial motion of the stars confirm that S Normae is a member of the cluster,[3] and the period/luminosity relationship of Cepheid variables allows the distance to be determined with confidence.


  1. ^ a b "SIMBAD Astronomical Database". Results for NGC 6087. Retrieved 2007-04-18. 
  2. ^ Burnham's Celestial Handbook gives the number 40, though other studies go as high as 349; see Stephen James O'Meara, The Caldwell Objects, Cambridge University Press, 2002, p. 351.
  3. ^ a b A. U. Landolt (1964). "The Galactic Cluster NGC 6087". Astrophysical Journal Supplement 8: 329–351.  

External links

  • NGC 6087 on WikiSky: DSS2, SDSS, GALEX, IRAS, Hydrogen α, X-Ray, Astrophoto, Sky Map, Articles and images