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Messier 46 (NGC2437) Facts

Messier 46 (NGC2437) is an open cluster object of interest in space. It lies at a distance of 5400 light years away in the constellation of Puppis.

It is referred to as M(46) when it was catalogued by Charles Messier in 18th - 19th Century France. It is also referred to as NGC(2437) 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 07:41.8 (R.A.) and -14:49 (Dec.). Its Visual (Apparent) Brightness is 6.00 Magnitude with an apparent dimension of 27.0 . The object can be seen with the naked eye, that is, you don't need a telescope/binoculars to see it.

(M46,NGC2437) is a open cluster. It was discovered in 1771 by Charles Messier. It's location is RA(07:41.8), Dec(-14:49) and its distance is calculated 5.4 light years away. Its visual Brightness is 6.0. Its apparent dimensions measured in arcmins is 27.0.

Fact File


NameMessier 46 (NGC2437)
TypeOpen Cluster
Messier Id46
NGC Id2437
ConstellationPuppis
Right Ascension07:41.8
Declination-14:49
Distance (Lt.Yr)5400
Apparent Dimension27.0
Visual / Apparent Magnitude6.00
Naked Eye VisibleYes - Magnitudes
Year of Discovery1771
DiscovererCharles Messier


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