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Messier 44

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Messier 44, or the Bee Hive Cluster, or originally Praesepe (the manger) is near by open cluster at a distance of 577 light years away. The cluster contains some 350 members. Visible to the naked eye, it has been known since ancient times as a "cloudy" star. Interesting its proper motion and age compares to the Hyades cluster suggesting a possible common origin millions of years ago.

Additional Info

  • Constellation: Cancer
  • Right Ascension: 08h 40.4m
  • Declination: 19° 59′
  • Distance (Lightyears): 577
  • Telescope: Orion ED80cft Refractor
  • Camera: ZWO ASI071 OSC cmos
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