Globular Cluster Messier 12
In May 1764 Charles Messier discovered another globular cluster, Messier 12, only 3.4° north of M 10, which appears somewhat larger but darker. As was the case with most globular clusters, Messier and Bode initially believed that these «nebulae» did not contain any single stars. About two decades later Sir William Herschel recognized the true nature of M 12 as a grouping of thousands upon thousands of single stars.
The integrated spectral type of all stars in this globular cluster is F7. Published distances from M 12 vary from 16'000 to 24'000 light years. Presumably it is at the same distance as M 10. The true distance of these two clusters would then be about 2000 light years. M 12 approaches with a radial speed of only about 17 km/s. 
|Right Ascension||16h 47m 14.5s|
|Declination||-01° 56' 50"|
|Visual magnitude||6.1 mag|
|Metric Distance||4.800 Mpc|
|Dreyer Description||!! globular, vB, vL, iR, gmbM, rrr, st 10…|
|Identification, Remarks||M 12, GCL 46|
The globular cluster Messier 12 is located in the constellation Serpent Bearer (Ophiuchus) approximately where the imaginary connecting lines between the stars κ - ζ Ophiuchi and β - Yed Prior (δ Ophiuchi) cross.