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Open star cluster M36

Die offener Sternhaufen M36 is in the constellation Auriga (Aur).


Equatorial coordinates (epoch J2000):
Ra (α):05h36.2m, Dec (δ):+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. At this time, the object is at midnight near its highest point in the sky, that is, it is less affected by light from the lanterns and atmospheric distortions.

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Nikolay Kurdyapin, astro-map.com  

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