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Messier 41 (M41, NGC2287)

Messier 41 is an open cluster object of interest in space. It lies at a distance of 2.3 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 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. Messier 41 was discovered in 325BC by Aristotle. The Open Cluster's location is 06:46.0 (R.A.) and -20:44 (Dec.). Its Visual Brightness is a 4.6 Magnitude and has an apparent magnitude of 5 with an apparent dimension of 38.0 .

(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
TypeOpen Cluster
Messier Id41
NGC Id2287
ConstellationCanis Major
TypeOpen Cluster
Right Ascension06:46.0
Distance (Lt.Yr)2.3
Visual Brightness4.6
Apparent Dimension38.0
Apparent Magnitude5
Year of Discovery325BC