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Open star cluster M44

Open star cluster M44 or Beehive star cluster is in the constellation Cancer (Cnc).

M44

Equatorial coordinates (epoch J2000):
Ra 08h40.4m, Dec +19° 41'

Visual magnitude: 4,0m - this object can be seen with the naked eye on a black sky, in the absence of illumination from street lighting.
Distance from the star clusters M44 to the Sun is 610 light years
Angular size: 1,2°
External dimensions the star clusters M44 are about 15 light years.
Number of stars: 1000
Age of the object M44 is 500—700x106 years

Discoverer: Aratos, 260 BC year.

The designation M44 in other catalogs: NGC 2632

Optimum magnification for a telescope with observations of M44, depending on the aperture of the telescope (D), is about 10x-20x. 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 M44 is March.


Nikolay Kurdyapin, astro-map.com  
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