Pictures of Messier 3
Facts about and images of Messier 3, one of the most famous globular clusters in the night sky.
Messier 3 is a globular cluster located 34,000 lightyears away in the Canes Venatici constellation. It is thought to contain over 500,000 stars and more variable stars than any other known cluster.
Globular clusters are great objects to view through a telescope, as they appear like bright, starry objects against the darkness of space.
It was actually the first object in the Messier Catalogue to be observed by Messier himself, but he mistook it for a 'nebula'.
Below is a selection of images of Messier 3 captured by astrophotographers and BBC Sky at Night Magazine readers.