May 2010 M72: A Globular Cluster of Stars Credit: NASA, ESA, Hubble, HPOW Globular clusters once ruled the Milky Way. Back in the old days, back when our Galaxy first formed, perhaps thousands of globular clusters roamed our Galaxy. Today, there are less than 200 left. Pictured above by the Hubble Space Telescope are about 100,000 of M72's stars. M72, which spans about 50 LYrs & lies abt 50,000 LYrs away, can be seen w a small telescope 2ward the constellation of the Water Bearer (Aquarius).