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Messier 44

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Messier 44, or sometimes called the Beehive, is a open cluster located in the constellation of Cancer. At around 600 light years away, it is one of the closest open clusters to us along with the Pleiades and Hyades. M44 shares a common proper motion with the Hyades which suggests a common origin, and both have estimated age of around 600 million years. The cluster contains more than 1,000 stars with many of them being red dwarfs (68%).

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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