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Messier 44 (The Beehive Cluster)

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5 months 1 day ago #106297 by mariosi
Messier 44 ,
Constellation Cancer
Right ascension 08h 40.4m
Declination 19° 59′
Distance 577 ly (177 pc)
Apparent magnitude (V) 3.7
Apparent dimensions (V) 95′

The Beehive Cluster, also known as Praesepe (Latin for "manger"), M44, NGC 2632, or Cr 189, is an open cluster in the constellation Cancer. It is one of the nearest open clusters to the Solar System, and it contains a larger star population than most other nearby clusters. Under dark skies the Beehive Cluster looks like a nebulous object to the naked eye; thus it has been known since ancient times. The classical astronomer Ptolemy called it "the nebulous mass in the breast of Cancer," and it was among the first objects that Galileo studied with his telescope.(Wikipedia)

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5 months 1 day ago #106299 by flt158
Right time of year for the "manger".

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