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Open star cluster M36

Open star cluster M36 is in the constellation Auriga (Aur).


Equatorial coordinates (epoch J2000):
Ra 05h36.2m, Dec +34° 08'

Visual magnitude: 6,5m
Distance from the star clusters M36 to the Sun is 4300 light years
Angular size: 12'
Class: I,3,m
External dimensions the star clusters M36 are about 15 light years.
Number of stars: 178
Age of the object M36 is 20—40x106 years

Discoverer: Giovanni Battista Hodierna, before 1654 year.

The designation M36 in other catalogs: NGC 1960

Optimum magnification for a telescope with observations of M36, depending on the aperture of the telescope (D), is about D/6-D/2. Higher magnifications of course add details, but lead to a strong drop in the brightness of the image, making it difficult to observe.
The best month for observing M36 is January.

Nikolay Kurdyapin, astro-map.com  
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