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Messier 41 (NGC2287) Facts

Messier 41 (NGC2287) is an open cluster object of interest in space. It lies at a distance of 2300 light years away in the constellation of Canis Major.

It is referred to as M(41) when it was catalogued by Charles Messier in 18th - 19th Century France. It is also referred to as NGC(2287) 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 06:46.0 (R.A.) and -20:44 (Dec.). Its Visual (Apparent) Brightness is 5.00 Magnitude with an apparent dimension of 38.0 . The object can be seen with the naked eye, that is, you don't need a telescope/binoculars to see it.

(M41,NGC2287) is a open cluster. It was discovered in 325BC by Aristotle. It's location is RA(06:46.0), Dec(-20:44) and its distance is calculated 2.3 light years away. Its visual Brightness is 4.6. Its apparent dimensions measured in arcmins is 38.0.

Fact File


NameMessier 41 (NGC2287)
TypeOpen Cluster
Messier Id41
NGC Id2287
ConstellationCanis Major
Right Ascension06:46.0
Declination-20:44
Distance (Lt.Yr)2300
Apparent Dimension38.0
Visual / Apparent Magnitude5.00
Naked Eye VisibleYes - Magnitudes
Year of Discovery325BC
DiscovererAristotle


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