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Messier 36 (NGC1960) Facts

Messier 36 (NGC1960) is an open cluster object of interest in space. It lies at a distance of 4100 light years away in the constellation of Auriga.

It is referred to as M(36) when it was catalogued by Charles Messier in 18th - 19th Century France. It is also referred to as NGC(1960) in the New General Catalogue. This is a list of deep space objects that was compiled by John Louis Emil Dreyer in 1888 in an update to John Herschel earlier catalogue.

The Open Cluster's location is 05:36.1 (R.A.) and +34:08 (Dec.). Its Visual (Apparent) Brightness is 6.00 Magnitude with an apparent dimension of 12.0 . The object can be seen with the naked eye, that is, you don't need a telescope/binoculars to see it.

(M36,NGC1960) is a open cluster. It was discovered in 1654 by Giovanni Batista Hodierna. It's location is RA(05:36.1), Dec(+34:08) and its distance is calculated 4.1 light years away. Its visual Brightness is 6.3. Its apparent dimensions measured in arcmins is 12.0.

Fact File


NameMessier 36 (NGC1960)
TypeOpen Cluster
Messier Id36
NGC Id1960
ConstellationAuriga
Right Ascension05:36.1
Declination+34:08
Distance (Lt.Yr)4100
Apparent Dimension12.0
Visual / Apparent Magnitude6.00
Naked Eye VisibleYes - Magnitudes
Year of Discovery1654
DiscovererGiovanni Batista Hodierna


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