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Messier 46 (M46, NGC2437)

Messier 46 is an open cluster object of interest in space. It lies at a distance of 5.4 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 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. Messier 46 was discovered in 1771 by Charles Messier. The Open Cluster's location is 07:41.8 (R.A.) and -14:49 (Dec.). Its Visual Brightness is a 6.0 Magnitude and has an apparent magnitude of 6 with an apparent dimension of 27.0 .

(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
TypeOpen Cluster
Messier Id46
NGC Id2437
TypeOpen Cluster
Right Ascension07:41.8
Distance (Lt.Yr)5.4
Visual Brightness6.0
Apparent Dimension27.0
Apparent Magnitude6
Year of Discovery1771
DiscovererCharles Messier